Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Campaign response – Belly Mujinga

Thank you to constituents who have written to me with their concerns over the death of Belly Mujinga, a railway worker at London Victoria station.

Our key workers, including those who work in our transport networks, deserve nothing less than our utmost respect and we all owe them a great debt of gratitude for keeping the country running under the current circumstances.

Let me be very clear – The alleged behaviour of the man who spat at Ms Mujinga while she was on duty in Victoria station in April, if proven to be true, is utterly deplorable. But whatever his motivations, we can be confident that his attitude is only representative of a very small section of society, whereas the vast majority of us will continue to clap for our carers, applaud our key workers and take time to reflect on their incredible sacrifices.

As with all high profile cases, it is vital that the subsequent police investigation is carried out thoroughly and that the facts of the case are examined objectively.

Following an extensive investigation, British Transport Police have now decided that they are not taking any further action and released a statement regarding their investigation into the events in Victoria station:

It is important to note in their statement they highlighted that “based on key witness statements and having reviewed the CCTV footage, there is no evidence of anyone spitting in this incident.”

“Senior detectives are confident that this incident did not lead to Belly Mujinga contracting Covid-19.”

“This is because the man in the CCTV footage who detectives interviewed as part of the investigation had a negative antibody test result for Covid-19 in the time after the incident, therefore showing that he had never had the illness.”

Therefore, “having reviewed all the evidence, senior detectives are satisfied that the incident didn’t lead to Belly Mujinga’s death.”

My thoughts remain with the family of Ms Mujinga and will continue to call on the Government to everything in its powers to assist and support the loved ones of those who have died tragically as a result of Covid-19.