Nairobi: Lawyers and members of the civil society began countrywide protests over killing of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and a taxi driver. The three had attended a hearing of a traffic case, when they disappeared last month.
Lawyers boycotted court sessions and joined human rights activists in demonstrations in most towns across the country. In Nairobi, the protests started at Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park, Nairobi. Protestors, donning white t-shirts with red spots to indicate bloodshed carried three coffins painted white and red. They also waved placards condemning the police for the killings.
They also wore purple ribbons in honour of the three people suspected to have been killed by police. Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Chief Executive Patricia Nyaundi said the organisation will work with other lobby groups to ensure human rights are upheld in Kenya.
Mr Peter Kiama, a civil society member said they condemn extrajudicial killings by police. “We will not accept such killings again,” he said.
Courts remained deserted in across the country as lawyers took to the streets to protest the killings. Litigants who turned up in court were referred to the registry to be given new dates of their cases.
This new stalemate between the lawyers and the police will affect the functions of the judiciary in Kenya that had made huge progress in processing cases.
Mike O’mera, Nairobi