It was with shock that the news of the killings of two human rights activists was received by Kenyans. It was even more shocking for a colleague of mine in the office since he had spoken to Oscar Kamau King’ara about 40 minutes or so before his life was taken by gunmen at about 6.40pm on Thursday.
The two human rights defenders were on their way to a meeting with a senior officer at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights when they were shot at point-blank range, while sitting in their car in heavy traffic near the University of Nairobi.
Hours before Mr King’ara and his colleague met their death, Government Spokesman Dr Alfred Mutua is on record accusing the Oscar Foundation (King’ara’s organisation) of working with the outlawed Mungiki sect.
It is therefore perplexing that the Commissioner of Police Mr Hussein Ali is pursuing with his officers only two options on the murders; that Mr King’ara may have been killed by his associates in the NGO world. And secondly, he might have met his death in the hands of the people for whose rights he was fighting – the Mungiki sect.
But what Mr Police Boss is not telling Kenyans is whether the boys in blue may have also executed the enemy. Is the police force responsible for Mr King’ara’s death?
I am posing these questions based on two propositions; the first being Dr Mutua’s sentiments just hours before Mr King’ara and John Paul Oulu met their death. The second reason is the public support shown by Mr King’ara and his organisation to ‘assist’ the widows and families of the alleged Mungiki adherents – who were purportedly killed by police officers over a period of some months.
Then is it not justified for any right minded Kenyan to suspect police – as well as all the others – in this heinous crime? Please help me unravel this mystery.