House team summons CS Nkaissery over extra judicial killings

By Emily Kenik

The Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Administration has summoned Interior cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery over a spate of extra judicial killings in the country.

The committee wants Nkaissery to shed light on his plan to curb cases of senseless execution of innocent Kenyans by police even as it revealed that 71 persons have disappeared and died under unclear circumstances in 2016 alone.

The Asman Kamama led committee demands full disclosure into what transpired before the disappearance and eventual killing of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri.

The committee wants a commission of inquiry set up to investigate the killings and more powers given to the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) to help deal with the issue.

Meanwhile, US based Federal Bureau of Investigations has been incorporated to assist in investigating the killing of lawyer Willy Kimani his client and driver late last month.

The Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro accompanied by the head of flying squad Munga Nyale and head of serious crimes unit made their way to the high court Tuesday to give a report on what security agencies were doing to unearth the brutal murders linked to police officers.

Muhoro appeared  before justice Luka Kimaru  and made an assurance that the 14 days granted by the court will allow investigators to dig deeper to unravel the killings and that it will be done independently and witnesses will be assured of their protection.

However senior Counsel Dr.J ohn Khaminwa wondered whether the Nairobi based advocate was killed because he had much information about the National Police Service.

Mobile telephony services provider Safaricom also brought to court voice and text data which will be scrutinized but in camera to ascertain the last moments of the three.

Meanwhile, a fourth police officer based at Syokimau Police Station Leonard Maina Mwangi was arraigned in court in connection with the killing of Kimani.

Mwangi who appeared before Magistrate Joyce Gandani has been remanded for 13 days and he will be back in court together with his three accomplices who were in court on Monday.

Elsewhere, a section of lawyers are pushing to have practising lawyers issued with gun licenses in the wake of the mysterious murder of their colleague.

The lawyers say the recent incident that saw one of their own brutally murdered was an indication of the dangers lawyers are exposed to. The demand comes as lawyers across the country continued with demonstrations and court boycott.

In Nyeri led by LSK branch chair Wahome Gikonyo, the lawyers accused police of allegedly failing to protect Kenyans saying rogue police officers have no business being in the service.

Wahome said cases of police brutality had been reported with little action from the government.

Bishop Conelius Korir of Eldoret catholic diocese has condemned the killings of the lawyer, his client and a taxi driver questioning other security agencies on their vigilance.

The ongoing protest by lawyers is threatening to ground court proceedings to a halt amid plans by the learned friends to withdraw their legal services the entire week.

  

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