NAIROBI, Kenya, May 4 – Three civil society groups together with Kasarani residents held peaceful demonstrations in Githurai on Saturday to protest a high number of extrajudicial killings reported in the recent past.
On behalf of the civil rights groups, the Rights Promotion and Protection Centre executive coordinator Odhiambo Oyoko said that they were deeply disturbed by the level of abuses exhibited by the police in Kasarani, which has in the past gained notoriety for human rights violations.
“We are deeply disturbed by the level of impunity exhibited by the police and in particular the continuation of the activities of death squads within the Kenya Police Service, three years into the reforming Constitution of 2010,” he said.
He said that the police should follow the due process of arresting suspects and taking them to court, pointing out that the police cannot be both the judge and the executioner.
“There is no accountability within the police. They act the way they want because they know that nothing will happen to them,” Oyoko complained.
One of the latest victims Kenneth Mwangi was killed on his way home on April 14 at 5pm.
The victim’s sister Stella Mwangi said that the police did not explain why they killed her brother who was a footballer with Mathare United.
“The police have not provided us with any reasons on Kenneth’s murder. He has no track record of being arrested before, and this has to stop,” added Stella.
The three society groups, the Independent Medico-Legal Unit, the Rights Promotion and Protection Centre and the Muslim Human Rights Forum have reported the matter to the Independent Police Oversight Authority which has promised to investigate the matter.
The authority which was enacted in 2011 is staffed by civilians to handle complaints against the police making them accountable to the public.
It has the power to conduct proper investigations and also make recommendations that disciplinary or criminal action be taken against police.