Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet (www.citizen.co.ke)

Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet (www.citizen.co.ke)

By Davis Mwandawiro

The past two weeks has seen chain of twisted events over the controversial fatal accident involving popular televangelist Pastor James Ng’ang’a that robbed Mercy Njeri her life on July 26th at Limuru along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.  Social media has been instrumental in highlighting the case and emphasizing on the possible miscarriage of justice.

It has been alleged that the police had tried to cover up the involvement of Ng’ang’a by tampering with evidence and ignoring witness testimony as reported by the daily newspapers since it was claimed by eye witnesses at the scene of the accident.  After the initial uproar, the Inspector General in a series of tweets gave the police account of events which was in complete contradiction with media and eyewitness recollection of events. He even got the number plate of the offending vehicle wrong. Furthermore, the hasty release of the vehicle from the police station was unusual.

In a dogged display of resilience social media users have kept the pressure on the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet through a stream of tweets with the hashtags #PastorofImpunity and #ArrestPastorNganga which has resulted in Boinnet ordering an investigation into the police handling of the accident. While ordering new investigation into the matter, Boinnet noted that information submitted by members of the public via social media revealed a possible cover up by officers at Tigoni police station.

Indeed the vigilance by Kenyans could have yielded some fruits. Police now believe that Pastor James Ng’ang’a was behind the wheel of the vehicle that killed Mercy Njeri in Limuru on July 26, thanks to the probe. They have also dismissed Mr Simon Kuria, who presented himself as the driver of a Range Rover, registration number KCD 060Q, when it collided head-on with a Nissan car, registration number KBZ 709W, at Manguo in Limuru, Kiambu County.

The file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko for prosecution. It is hoped that justice will be served including having police officers who could have taken part in the cover up prosecuted.

Here are some of the tweets following the uproar.

Most of them demanded Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to take action and arrest the pastor.

Some argued the law was unequal.

The late Mercy Njeri was laid to rest in her Murengeti Village and father hoped that justice will prevail and the family will finally have closure.   Social media in Kenya is become a watchdog that doesn’t sleep until justice is served.