NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 – The Law Society of Kenya has confirmed that lawyers will down their tools beginning Monday to protest the killing of advocate Willie Kimani.
“The Council of the Law Society of Kenya had a meeting yesterday and it was resolved that there would be a weeklong strike to protect the killing of our colleague Willie Kimani together with his client and their taxi driver,” LSK President Isaac Okero said while addressing members of the media.
He also said that while the LSK welcomes the arrests made following orders by Inspector General Joseph Boinnet, the extra judicial killings shouldn’t have occurred in the first place.
Earlier Saturday, Boinnet named officers in custody for the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani and two others.
Those being detained are Senior Sergeant Fredrick Leliman, Corporal Stephen Chebulet and Police Constable Silvia Wanjiku.
“Regardless of the arrests, which we welcome, this shouldn’t have happened in the first place. What is causing alarm in our profession is that elements of the police consider to be fair game for them to take out a member of the legal profession. This is totally unacceptable,” he said.
Boinnet has however rejected claims that police sanction extra judicial killings and vowed ensure those responsible are held to account.
East Africa Law Society President Nassor Khamis on behalf of ELS has also condemned the killing of the advocate and the two others.
He said the signs of severe beatings and strangulation on the bodies of the deceased indicate foul play, causing concern for legal professionals in the country.
“The ELS is outraged by news that the murder of the three after they were last seen detained at the Syokimau Administrative Police Camp in Machakos County prior to their disappearance,” he said.
He echoed Okero’s sentiments saying that it was indeed a dark day for the rule of law in Kenya adding that failure to charge the culprits will not be tolerated.