Boinnet, Nkaissery have failed to protect Kenyans, says Omar
04 July 2016, 09:35
Mombasa - Coastal human rights bodies and two politicians from Mombasa region have urged the government to establish an independent judicial commission to address the mysterious disappearances and the unexplained deaths of Kenyans that have occurred in the recent past.
Mombasa Senator, Hassan Omar alongside Mvita Member of parliament on Sunday led a group of Human rights activists from the Coast region in a press conference at the Kenya National Commission of Human rights offices where they asked the government to end what they called extra-judicial killings by security agencies.
The activists, condemning the recent killing of a Nairobi layer Willie Kimani, said that past and present regimes are responsible for many gross violations of human rights that include unlawful detentions and the use of excessive force by the police, are increasingly putting the country to tension.
“The trend is worrying since the truth is yet to be established on who continues to sanction these killings and disappearances. Our worry is that unless perpetrators of these crimes are held to account impunity will win. We demand an independent commission to be able to investigate even the senior security officials of the government for their failures,” said Omar.
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The Senator urged civil society groups to join hands and lobby for the formation of the independent commission to unravel the mystery as well as implement the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission report on historical injustices.
He added that the commission would allow serious scrutiny and pursuing of private prosecution that will help in reporting and making a follow up on the cases of extra-judicial killings.
“Those named in gross violations of human rights should be held liable,” said Omar urging the Parliament to summon Inspector General of police, Joseph Boinnet and Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery for their failure to protect Kenyans.
The activists through Haki Africa lawyer, Yusuf Abubakar said all civil society groups in collaboration with the Law Society of Kenya are also set to host a peaceful demonstration from the Mombasa Law Courts to the urban police on Monday demanding action over the increased cases of extra-judicial killings.
“We must at all time build faith in investigation especially when those believed to have been involved are officers of the law. We shall not relent in condemning extra-judicial killings,” said Abubakar.
According to human rights reports, 125 cases of extra judicial killings have been recorded since 2015 while enforced disappearances stand at 81.
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