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Deaf man, who was stabbed by carjackers after communication barrier, buried

Mourners carry the casket bearing the remains of Dennis Kimani Wachira to the grave site at Kanjuri village, Nyeri County today. PHOTO | KNA
Mourners carry the casket bearing the remains of Dennis Kimani Wachira to the grave site at Kanjuri village, Nyeri County today. PHOTO | KNA

A deaf victim of a carjack attack was on Wednesday buried in an emotional sendoff attended by dozens of mourners at Kanjuri village in Mathira constituency of Nyeri County.

Denis Kimani Wachira, 36, was stabbed several times when the bus they were travelling in was carjacked in Nairobi a week ago.

Speakers condemned the act and emphasized on the need for civil societies to aggressively initiate a sensitization campaign to enable Kenyans understand deaf people and others living with disability.

A section of deaf mourners sing a hymn during the burial Dennis Kimani Wachira at kanjuri village, Nyeri County today. PHOTO | FILE
A section of deaf mourners sing a hymn during the burial Dennis Kimani Wachira at kanjuri village, Nyeri County today. PHOTO | FILE

“There is urgent need to sensitize people on how to understand deaf people because I believe communication barrier triggered his death,” said Susan Thuku, a sign interpreter with the national broadcaster-KBC.

Thuku said though the victims were robbed of their valuables, no one else died because they understood the attackers’ demands.

The deceased’s cousin John Waweru Thoithi said due to his hearing impairment, he could not comply with the assailants’ demands prompting them to stab him several times.

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