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Kenyan President condemns killing of Environmentalist

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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has condemned the killing of Joanna Stutchbury, a Kenyan environmentalist and activist.

Ms Stutchbury, 64, who had been very vocal about the conservation of forests and particularly the protection of Kiambu forest on the outskirts of Nairobi, was shot dead by unknown people on Thursday afternoon at her home.

Ms Stutchbury had long campaigned to save Kiambu forest which has been invaded by squatters and was being cleared by private developers.

The forest belongs to the Kenya Forest Service but has not been officially designated as a forest.

Ms Stutchbury led environmental campaigns, including tree planting, in several forests.

President Kenyatta said the government would track down her killers, calling them cowardly enemies of the nation.

 

 

BBC/Emmanuel Ukoh

 

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