Waithera died on Thursday, June 17, after she was sandwiched between two matatus while crossing Tom Mboya Street at around 8 am.
Speaking during her burial in Kiambu County on Wednesday, Matiang’i stated that the incident was a reminder of vices that had cropped up in the society that needed to be nipped in the bud.
“As we come to bury this child, we are also rudely reminded about some things that happen in our society that we can avoid. How this child died is because of reckless matatu drivers…
“This is someone who was just walking on the pavement of a road and some fellow who was driving at a place he was not supposed to, hit her. That is how this child met her death,” he stated.
Matiang’i vowed that the perpetrators of the crime would be brought to book.
“It is moments like this that we are reminded that some of us engage in conduct and behavior that gets us here. Now we are burying a very promising young girl,”
“We would not be here today if it were not for some mad people who were driving all over the place,” he added.
The CS acknowledged that Waithera’s incident was just one among the many that had not been reported to authorities.
The CS also read out President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tribute who mourned the deceased as being humble despite coming from a well-to-do family.
“Meline’s death is a devastating loss not just to her family and friends but to all those who knew and interacted with her. As human beings, we may have a lot of questions but I want you to stay encouraged.
“She was a great role model and an inspiration to everyone who knew her,” the president mourned.
A Public Service Vehicle (PSV) driver involved in the incident has since been arrested and arraigned in court. He is accused of reversing his vehicle recklessly, leading to the death of Waithera.