NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2 – Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has named officers in custody for the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani and two other people.
Those being detained are Senior Sergeant Fredrick Leliman, Corporal Stephen Chebulet and Police Constable Silvia Wanjiku.
Boinnet rejected claims that police sanction extra judicial killings and vowed ensure those responsible are held to account.
The bodies of Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were found dumped a river in Kilimambogo, with signs that they were tortured before their deaths.
The Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association has at the same time said that the killing of the lawyer was meant to instil fear in members of the Law Society of Kenya whenever they handle sensitive cases.
The association’s Secretary General Brian Khaemba explained that as judicial officers, they now feel unsafe and fear for their lives.
“We are extremely shocked by the events that led to the death of advocate Willie Kimani, his client and their taxi driver immediately after leaving the Mavoko Law Courts. This is an act meant to instil fear in us. We however are standing in solidarity and will take whatever measures necessary to pursue justice,” Khaemba said.
The National Council of Non-Governmental Organisations has also condemned the murder of the advocate whose body and those of his client (Josephat Mwenda) and taxi driver (Joseph Muiruri) were discovered by villagers in Ol Donyo Sabuk River on Thursday and Friday.
“We are in solidarity with LSK and other mourning people as we call for peace in Kenya. We call on the government to ensure peace prevails among Kenyans,” Chairman of the Council Stephen Cheboi said.
Kimani was representing a boda boda rider, Mwenda, who had sued an Administration Police officer for assault and attempted murder after allegedly shooting at him, leaving him with injuries.
On Thursday June 23, the lawyer had gone to Mavoko Law Courts for the proceedings of the case while accompanied by Mwenda.
They were being driven by taxi driver Muiruri when they were all abducted on Mombasa Road and taken into an Administration Police camp in Mlolongo, according to investigations so far, which has shown that that was their last known location, before they went missing.