Monday, 4 July 2016

Kenyans send a chilling message at #StopExtrajudicialKillings protest (Pictures)

Kenyans have taken to the streets this morning to protest the extra judicial killings that are gradually becoming commonplace in the country.

The courts are sort of paralysed. This comes about as protests by advocates, magistrates, judges and human rights groups against the brutal killing of lawyer Willy Kimani, his client Josphat Mwendwa and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri by people suspected to be police officers, which we reported last week.

The trio’s brutal murder reinforces the warning that the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) gave in 2014 on the existence of rogue police officers.

While the taxi driver was presumably killed for his association with the other two in a matter he was clearly not party to, the lawyer and his client were murdered for seeking justice in a case in which Mr Mwendwa had earlier been shot in the arm by a rogue police officer. This is just one of many such cases that have gone unremarked.

Also, on the murdered lawyer's case, Kenyan Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar has called for the investigation of Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery for "failing to stop extra-judicial killings and forced disappearances".

"The IG is not in a position to investigate this; therefore, an independent commission must investigate the IG, past and current security ministers and all others who presided over the security machinery," said Mr Omar.

He added: "There has been an issue of command responsibilities.

"It's not a question of you pulling a trigger, it's a question of Nkaissery and Boinnet consistently being unable to stop this action of disappearance."

The legislator spoke Sunday during a joint press briefing at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) offices in Mwembe-Tayari, Mombasa.

In a joint statement with Mvita MP Abdullswamad Shariff Nassir and more than 10 human rights groups, they said it was saddening that the senseless killings had become a common occurrence across the country.

The groups condemned the alleged brutal extra-judicial killings of innocent Kenyans.

They demanded that an independent judicial commission be formed to investigate the reported extra-judicial killings.

"It is not sufficient for him (Boinnet) to arrest three officers; it was time he arrested himself," Mr Omar said

Sources: Standard, The Nation (Nairobi)

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