United Nations call on Kenya to address alleged extra-judicial killings

The United Nations has called on the Kenyan government to treat alleged cases of extrajudicial killings by police with urgency and address the concerns that have threatened the confidence of Kenyans in the police service.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Spokesperson, Rupert Colville, while condemning the killing of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda, and their taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, last week, said cases of extrajudicial killings should not be treated casually. Lawyer Kimani and his client and their taxi driver disappeared after attending a court session at the Mavoko Law Courts in Machakos County. Kimani was representing Mwenda in a suit where Mwenda had sued an Administration Police officer for shooting him without any provocation in April 2015. Lawyer Kimani, was an employee of a Human Rights NGO, International Justice Mission.

Kenya’s Attorney General Githu Muigai has since said that such killings will be brought to an end soon.

On July 4, 2016 Kenyan lawyers and civil rights activists staged a nationwide protest after the murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and a taxi driver. The killings are among many unresolved murders in Kenya. In the capital Nairobi, protesters who had donned white t-shirts with red spots to symbolise bloodshed, gathered at Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park. They waved placards condemning extrajudicial killings and called for an end to police impunity.

The three police officers suspected in the killing of human rights lawyer are in custody for the next 14 days pending investigations. The case is set for hearing on July 18.
Slain citizens

The slain bodies of Kimani and the two others were discovered on July 1, in a river in Machakos County, after he reportedly visited a police station in Machakos.
Kimani was an advocate at the High Court and a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

Kimani, Mwenda and Muiruri had attended a hearing of a case on June 23 when they went missing.


– Wamoyi, M. M., AfricanQuarters, Kenya

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