Kenyan Grassroots Human Rights Defenders have condemned with strongest possible terms the abduction and brutal Murder of Human Rights Lawyer Willie Kimani, Josephat Mwenda (client), and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri by people believed to be police officers. The three were abducted on 23rd June 2016 as they left Mavoko law court in Machakos County.
Speaking from Sweden where she has gone to receive an International Award, the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders Kenya Convener Rachael Mwikali said she was disturbed by the news and called on the government to provide Security to Human Rights Lawyers and Grassroots Human Rights Defenders who work in Frontline areas.
On his part Musa Chekai the deputy speaker of Bunge la Mwananchi said the police bosses should resign for failing to protect Kenyans while Mungai Mbuthi the executive Director of the Rights Promotion and Protection Centre said the brutal killings bear hallmarks of a killer squad within the police.
Wilfred Olal the Coordinator of Dandora Must Change Social Movement said the killing could have been targeted at sending a message to International Justice Mission which has been in the forefront in following up cases of extra Judicial Executions especially in Mathare Nairobi.
Cidi Otieno the convener for the Coalition for Constitution Implementation Kenya called for immediate arrest and prosecution of Joseph Nkaissery, Joseph Boinnet, Samuel Arachi and The Officer Commanding Station – Athi River and his Administration Police counterpart. Otieno who is also the Secretary General of the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders added that many Human Rights Actors in Kenya and lawyers working on issues related to land, police brutality and corruption are living in daily fear of execution and “it is sad that the police who are supposed to protect Kenyans are alleged to be behind the brutal murders.
Several others expressed their anger on Social media. Anne Ngatia of World March of Women Kenya on her Facebook page said it was sad that Kenyans fought to secure a new Constitution to protect Kenyans from such killings but six years later, Kenyans pursuing Justice are killed in such a manner.