Coast human rights group demand end to extrajudicial killings

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Coast Human Rights Organisations have demanded that a Judicial Inquiry be set up immediately to investigate the murder of International Justice Lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwendwa and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri.

Led by Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir, they strongly condemned what they expressed as senseless killing of the three, and demanded that police should not be allowed to investigate the matter, since police officers are the prime suspects in the case.

They said ‘police can not investigate police’.

“We must at all timese build trust in investigations, especially when those believed to have been involved are officers of the law,” said the Organisations.

They said Kimani’s brutal act is happening at a time Kenya is struggling to get out of extrajudicial killings, adding that the incident indicates how police officers are not yet ready to deceased from killing Kenyans innocently.

This is after three senior Administration Police officers were linked to the disappearance and murder of the three.

Addressing the press in Mombasa on Sunday, senator Omar noted that cases of extrajudicial executions have been rampant in the Coastal Kenya, with police arresting suspects who are later, never found.

He cited Voi, Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Ukunda and Kwale as the mostly targeted areas, where police officers in both plain clothes and uniforms pick suspects and individual persons, never to be found, with families left to tell horrifying stories.

“Apart from this recent case, many others have been victims of extrajudicial killings and disappearances. Including Jabrah Mbarak, Rashid Suleiman, Hemed Salim, Hemed Salim, Abeid Swaleh, Farah Abdi. According to media reports and the police, the prime suspects of this heinous killings are said to be police officers- individuals who have taken oath to protect Kenyans,” said Omar.

“That some victims were in the process of seeking justice with cases on going in courts shows how expensive it has become in Kenya to stand against impunity, torture and other forms of human rigts violation,” added Nassir.

As human rights practitioners, they said they will continue to condemn extrajudicial killings and stand firm for justice in Coastal Kenya and the entire country and seeking justice for Kimani and other two.

“No stone should be left unturned in investigating extrajudicial killings.”

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