Lawyers boycott work to protest Willie Kimani's murder
04 July 2016, 12:49
Nyeri - Proceedings at Nyeri Law Courts were Monday disrupted after lawyers boycotted sessions to protest the murder of their colleague Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and a taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri.
The three were found murdered and bodies dumped in Oldonyo Sabuk River in Machakos County.
“We are not working today to be in solidarity with other advocates to protest the killings. The government must ensure that no advocate dies in his line of duty and we are demanding justice,” said lawyer Wahome Gikonyo while addressing journalists outside the Law Courts.
He said the suspects should be charge according to the penal code and should not be represented in court by any Kenyan lawyer.
“We want thorough investigations and no cover up. Investigators must collect sufficient evidence that warrants murder charge. The suspects should seek legal representation from elsewhere because no Kenyan lawyer will represent them. They found no value of a lawyer,” Gikonyo added.
Court users were divided about the protests, with some decrying disruption of court activities while others supported the move.
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Edah Wamaitha said she had travelled all the way from Meru for hearing of a case at the High Court.
“I woke up early and I was here by 7am. I have not been served and there is no communication from the court administration,” she said.
Gichuhi Kanyago from Endarasha in Kieni narrated that he was supporting the lawyers’ protests.
“If I was aware there would be no sessions I would not have come. I arrived at the court at 8am and it seems I will not be served despite using my own money to travel for hearing of my case,” said Kanyago.
The lawyers, wearing purple ribbons, later walked to the regional police coordinator Larry Kieng’s office where they demanded assurance of their personal security.
A young lawyer, James Machira, complained that they were receiving intimidations from police officers while working on some criminal cases.
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