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Baby Pendo’s parents’ endorse BBI in moving speech

Joseph Abanja and Lencer Achieng, parents of Baby Samantha Pendo who succumbed to injuries caused by police brutality have endorsed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

Speaking during the launch of BBI in Bomas, Abanja noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reconciliation with ODM leader Raila Odinga will bring post election violence to an end.

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He urged the two leaders to maintain their relationship in order to ensure that no blood is shed ever again during and after the elections.

“Ningependa kuomba Rais Uhuru Kenyatta vile umeshikana na mheshimiwa Raila Odinga msiachane mkono jamani. Tusonge mbele na BBI. Vile nimesikia kwa uchache na nimeisoma kidogo naona ni kitu italeta mabadiliko kwa Maisha yetu.

“So tupigie debe BBI, tusonge mbele, tusiuane. Tusimwage damu tena, wacha damu ya mwanangu ndio ikuwe ya Mwisho katika election kumwagika tena,” Abanja said.

Abanja also asked Uhuru to reach out to his family, stating that they have been neglected since they lost their daughter in August, 2017.

“Rais kumbuka familia ya Baby Pendo msituache hivo. Mumetuacha tunateseka,” he added.

On her side, Baby Pendo’s mother urged leaders to be careful with what they say to ensure to enable the country to move forward.

She added that a flower was uprooted from her garden and that it can never be replaced.

“Kama familia ya Pendo tumekuja kuhubiri amani ilitusonge mbele. Sitaki kusema mengi mnajua chenye kilifanyika wakati wa uchaguzi wa mwezi wa nane 2017.

“A flower was uprooted from my garden and it can never be replaced. I can be given another person, but not the same person like Pendo,” said Mama Pendo.

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Baby Pendo was killed by police on August 11, 2017, during the electoral violence that rocked the area after the Supreme Court annulled the re-election of President Uhuru.

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