A former student leader at The University of Nairobi (UoN), Ragira Samuel aka OCS, was yesterday killed by goons believed to be police or have close links with Police, rumoured to be Mungiki.
He was shot dead on Thursday evening after a fracas between the UoN students and gangs who have been harassing small-scale traders operating within the university and at Klabu Market that is a few metres from the State House with demands for protection fee of 10,000. The goons have apparently been threatening the traders brandishing crude weapons including guns.
According to a trader who sought anonymity, the goons have been demanding for a Sh10,000 to Sh20,000 fee depending on the size of the piece of land they operate from and it’s on Thursday night that Ragira decided to confront the goons who shot and killed him on the spot.
“It is unfortunate that Mungiki are terrorising Klabu 36 traders with pangas and guns taking advantage of the situation. They are demanding 10K from every trader to build a kibanda.
This issue is disturbing as the police are watching it happen. Students are being harassed and others losing their phones. We want to know why the police can side with people terrorising innocent Kenyans.
Why should a mama mboga pay 10K to unknown people to do business? Are we managed by terrorists in the name of police? I reported this matter to Jogoo house control room and police were sent but they instead resorted to ignore the situation.
We now appeal to the County government and National government to tell us who are these criminals. We cannot allow. Personally I was threatened by a panga. So where are we heading as a nation?
Sad!” wrote Ragira earlier this week on his Facebook.
A number of leaders and social media influencers strongly condemned his killing and urged police to look into the matter.
Former SONU chairman and current Embakasi East MP, Babu Owino also mourned his death saying: “I strongly condemn the killing of one comrade Samuel Ragira who was shot today at club 36 at the University of Nairobi. May his soul Rest In Peace. We shall overcome.”
“Mr @UKenyatta’s trigger-happy goons have murdered another young student in cold blood and in broad daylight. The torture and murder of innocent Kenyans by successive tyrannical regimes have gone on for far too long..We condemn this barbarism unreservedly,” — Miguna Miguna, also a former student leader at the University.
“We will stop at nothing until the students own Club 36 as 95 per cent of them do their shopping there,” stated Antony Manyara, UoN student leader.
“The killing of the University of Nairobi student leader is very barbaric. Hey @DCI_Kenya, perpetrators of this heinous crime must be found and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Students lives matter! #RIPOCSRAGIRA,” wrote Raila Junior.
The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya (NCHRD-K) has condemned the killing of a University of Nairobi Student Leader, Samuel Ragira Mogaka, alias OCS- Ragira Thursday allegedly by unknown individuals at Klabu 36 market Kilimani, Nairobi. In a statement the NCHRD-K Communications Officer, Francis Ndegwa, alleged that on Wednesday this week Ragira had raised a concern that students were being harassed and robbed of their valuables at Klabu 36 market where the UoN students go for affordable meals.