UhuRuto under fire for keeping quiet on extra judicial killings, forced disappearances
10 July 2016, 15:08
Busia - CORD co-principal, Raila Odinga has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to end extra judicial killings and forced disappearances in the country.
"This trend of extra judicial executions has to stop. They push Kenya towards being a failed state. They cause pain, bitterness and anger that linger for a lifetime and for generations. They mark the beginning of collapse of nations. They have to stop now or it will be too late," he said.
In a speech read on his behalf by Busia Women representative, Florence Mutua during a thanksgiving prayer service for former Amagoro MP, Oduya Oprong at Angurai Primary School, Raila said too many people are being gunned down by criminals because the government lacks a clear plan to secure the land.
"Twenty-two years later, we do not know who the shooters of Hon Oprong were and why they did it. We probably shall never know the shooters and their motive.
And who knows? The shooters who wanted to end this life over two decades ago may themselves be dead, leaving their victim to outlive them.
"But we note with deep concern that as these executions and disappearances have continued to rise, the President has remained silent, the Deputy President has remained silent and the Cabinet Secretary for Interior has remained silence. The silence sends a loud statement that the State has a hand in the extra judicial executions gripping the land.
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"As we gather here, our country is angry at the recent execution of a human rights lawyer, his client and their driver. Police are the sole suspects in these murders.
"And they are not the first. We have lost tens of Muslim sheikhs at the Coast. In northern Kenya, abductions and disappearances attributed to police have become the order of the day. Many young people have been abducted and killed across the country in incidences where police have been the main suspects," he said.
Busia Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong said the culture of extra judicial killings must stop and urged people to instead start loving each other.
"Why become thirsty of taking other peoples' lives? This trend is worrying with the police also following suit. Starting to love each other is the only way to go," Ojaamong said.
Outgoing Anglican Church of Kenya, Katakwa Diocese Bishop Zakayo Epus regretted that extra judicial killings has become a routine in Kenya.
"Even with investigations into such killings instituted by the government, nothing is forthcoming to unravel such mysteries," Bishop Epus lamented.
Those who attended the service included Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong, Tororo East MP Fredrick Angura, Bishop George Egesa of Bukedde Diocese in Uganda among others.
Oprong has been living with a bullet lodged in his head since 1994 when he was shot by an assassin in Nairobi.
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