Foreign envoys have expressed concerns by the disappearance and murder of Willie Kimani, a lawyer and investigator with the US non-governmental organization International Justice Mission (IJM), along with IJM client Josephat Mwenda, and IJM driver Joseph Muiruri.
The three men went missing after their appearance after proceedings at the Mavoko Law Courts on June 23, 2016.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the discovery of three bodies on June 30 that IJM has confirmed are their missing colleagues. We understand the National Police Service (NPS) is diligently investigating the situation and working to confirm the identities of the bodies,” said the nine envoys.
Led by US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and Australian High Commissioner to Kenya John Feakes, the envoys said their diplomatic missions have offered law enforcement assistance to the government of Kenya in the matter, for justice to be served.
They emphasized the need for justice and those behind the abduction and murder charged regardless of their positions in the country.
“Human rights defenders play a key role in promoting human rights and strengthening the rule of law, and we are committed to supporting their work and protecting them. The individuals responsible for these crimes must face prosecution regardless of whether they are private citizens or members of the NPS.”
In a joint statement, the envoys said holding police officers accountable for violations of human rights and other forms of misconduct is vital to end impunity in the police service and to establish safety and security for all Kenyans.
Three AP officers have been linked to the murder case and are in police detention as investigations continue.
Other envoys include; James Christoff Chargé d’affaires of Canada, Lars Bredal Chargé d’affaires of Denmark, Michael Derus Chargé d’affaires of Germany, Frans Makken Ambassador of the Netherlands, Vebjørn Heines Chargé d’affaires of Norway, Johan Borgstam Ambassador of Sweden and Nic Haley High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Kenya.