Nakuru Workers Cooperative Society boss, female neighbour shot dead


Armed robbers on Wednesday 9pm (June 7) shot dead Nakuru Workers Cooperative Society director, David Gitau, alongside a female neighbour, namely Beth Wairimu, at Ghorofa Estate in Pipeline area, Nakuru.

Gitau becomes the sixth official of the society to be murdered in unclear circumstances.

News of Gitau’s fatal shooting sparked protests in Pipeline Estate on Thursday morning.

Over 2000 members of the society accused security agencies of doing little to secure officials who, they claim, have been receiving incessant death threats.

Nakuru Workers Cooperative Society treasurer, Peter Ng’ang’a, said he heard screams at 9pm but when he called Gitau on phone his calls went unanswered.

Ng’ang’a was saddened to learn that his colleague, David Gitau, had been shot dead.

Gitau’s neighbour, Beth Wairimu, died while being rushed to Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.

Nakuru Workers Cooperative Society was established by former Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary general, Joseph Mugalla, in 1985 to assist low income earners.

The cooperative society owns land at Ghorofa, Kiti, Mzee wa nyama and Ghorofa Estate within Gilgil and Nakuru Town East constituencies.

Detectives from Nakuru and Gilgil have launched investigations to establish the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting of Gitau and Wairimu, says Nakuru Ocpd Joshua Omukatta.

Bodies of the deceased were taken to Nakuru County Government mortuary.

Last year November, Wellington Oduor, who was the society’s then-Treasurer was shot dead alongside another member of the cooperative society in Pipeline Estate under unclear circumstances.

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