, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 4 – Civil Society Organisations and various Human Rights defenders including the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights held demonstrations Monday morning to protest the killing of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and their cab driver.
The protestors carrying placards and coffins started their possession from the Freedom Corner at Uhuru Park singing slogans against extra judicial killings before proceeding on to Kenyatta Avenue on their way to the Inspector General of Police office to present their petition.
The crowd chanted anti -police chants throughout in what officials said was a move to protest against, “continued cases of extra judicial killings in the country.”
They carried placards reading ‘stop extra judicial killings,’ and Katiba Institute Executive Director Prof Yash Pal Ghai said, “the protests were meant to express our anger against innocent killing of Kenyans.”
He urged the Government to ensure justice is delivered to all the victims of torture in the country.
“Police are there to protect Kenyans and not to kill them, ” he asserted. “It is sad that we’re here today because of what has been happening is the country has almost become a norm.”
He said that the day will be used to remember all victims of extra-judicial killings in the country.
According to Houghton Irungu from the Society for International Development, 500 similar cases remain unresolved over the last three years.
He said in most cases, police officer were found culpable. “We want an assurance from the Inspector General of Police that these cases will stop.”
IMLU Executive Director Peter Kiama said the protests will continue until the culture of death is stopped.
“We want the real culprits to be arrested, ” he said. “We must be ready to pay the ultimate price. ”
Muthoni Wanyeki from Amnesty International said all victims of extra judicial killings must get justice.
She called for a commission of inquiry into all cases of extra judicial killings in the country.
Government Spokesman, Eric Kiraithe had assured the demonstrators of security during the protests on the city streets.