FBI to probe Kenya murders

March 9, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Monday said he had instructed Internal Security Minister Prof George Saitoti to engage Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) detectives for assistance in probing the murder of two human rights activists last week.

He said the government was committed to ensure the killers of Kamau King’ara and Paul Oulu were brought to book.

“I have given instructions to the Internal Security Minister to ensure that these officers from FBI are engaged to work alongside the Kenya Police in carrying out these investigations,” he said.

The Prime Minister said any investigations carried by the local police would not be trusted since several police officers had been linked to the killings.

“It doesn’t matter how many people the police arrest or arraign before a court of law, it will not stand the credibility test because in the perception of the people, police themselves are an accomplice,” he said.

He assured of the government’s commitment to protect human rights and freedom of expression saying that a team would be set up to work on police reforms as stipulated in the National Accord.

The Premier also assured full protection to the university students in their planned demonstration on Tuesday following the killings. 

He said the government will ensure police protection during the demonstration.

He also ordered heads of the affected universities not to expel students who participate in any of the demonstrations saying it will be a violation of their rights.

“We have to uphold the freedom of expression, assembly, and association which were also entrenched by the IPPG reform that also saw the Public Order Act repealed. We are not about to restrict or stifle these rights,” he said.

Mr Odinga spoke when he met about 20 human rights groups who petitioned him and the President with an 11 point letter.

Among their demands were protection of human rights activists, freedom of expression, assembly and disarmament of militia groups in the country.

Kenya Human Rights Commission Executive Director Muthoni Wanyeki also named implementation of Agenda Items One and Two as other important points they wanted the government to act on.

She said the killings happened because the government had not implemented Agenda One and Two which called for disarmament and crack down of illegal gangs in the country.

The groups also wanted the President and the Prime Minister to dismiss government officials whose dockets were responsible for the atrocities committed.

Executive Director of the Centre for Multi Party Democracy Njeri Kabeberi particularly accused the Police Commissioner of interfering with the economic and social rights by his continued bans on demonstrations.

She also accused him of instructing police to disperse demonstrators for expressing their discontent.


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