Nairobi Senator Hon. Sakaja’s statement to Senate on the state of extrajudicial killings in Kenya

Nairobi Senator Hon. Sakaja’s statement to Senate on the state of extrajudicial killings in Kenya

  on 20th Feb 2020

Nairobi Senator Hon. Sakaja’s statement to Senate on the state of extrajudicial killings in Kenya

Police officer Zaddock Achuka Ayego accused of shooting to death boda boda rider Daniel Mburu at Makadara court on Thursday.

I rise to make a statement on the recent spate of arbitrary extrajudicial killings of innocent young Kenyans by police officers across the city-county of Nairobi.

The number of young people being brutalized and executed by rogue officers is alarming. As a house, we must demand that all those responsible be reprimanded, dismissed and prosecuted in accordance with the law not transferred to other stations.

It is sad and totally unacceptable for us to continue condoning the level of impunity that is being displayed by our police officers in broad daylight

There are rogue elements within the police service that have no regard for the sanctity of life or the rule of law itself.

In the last 15 months, 107 men and women have been killed by police officers. 50% of these killings have taken part in Nairobi County

69% of the dead were between 18-35 years and less than 10% of these cases have led to arrests or prosecution of these officers

As we speak there’s a planned demonstration in Korogocho because a young man called Daniel Mburu was shot dead two days ago at Mama Lucy Hospital because of parking. In fact that young man had rescued a young girl

The Inspector-General should be personally held liable and should be summoned to shed more light on the steps taken to bring this to an end and the status of the 107 cases of extrajudicial killings that have taken place in the last 15 months

The IG must present to us the strategy and new regulations that ensure humane, professional and responsible policing even during demonstrations and picketing as allowed for under Art.37 of the Constitution

He must also update us the state of investigations and prosecutions of the police officers who are alleged to have shot these young people

I urge my colleagues to stand with the youth of Nairobi, the youth of Kenya and to stand on the side of Justice. We must demand implementation of the National Coroners Service Act and the Prevention of Torture Act

The Establishment of a National Inquiry into Violations by Security Agents, Reparations to victims & families of extrajudicial killings & enforced disappearances and for Kenya to ratify the International Convention for Protection of all Persons from enforced disappearances


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  on 10th Feb 2019

Caroline Mwatha: Gallant human rights defender missing

Caroline Mwatha is a gallant human rights defender. She is one of the courageous few who came up and started the Dandora Community Justice Centre (DCJC) whose flagship project is documenting cases of extrajudicial killings in the area.

Caroline is missing. She was last seen on Wednesday at around 3 pm by her friend while entering her home in Dandora Phase 1. Another friend said she tried to call her at around 6 pm but she did not pick her call.

Caroline Mwatha of Dandora Justice Center

DCJC Administrator James Alama told Missing Voices that he last met Caroline on Tuesday after a data collection exercise. James says Caroline never came to the centre on Wednesday.

“I started calling her on Thursday morning because I needed to compile the data she had collected, but her phone was off,” James said.

James decided to send one of her colleagues to check if she was at her home. The colleague only found her nine-year-old child alone at home. Caroline’s daughter told him she last saw her mother on Wednesday morning when she dropped her to school.

In an area where crime is high, enforced disappearance is rampant and extrajudicial killings is the norm, his family and colleagues at the Justice Centre are a worried lot. They launched a campaign on social media #FindCarolineMwatha on Saturday but they are yet to find her.

On Saturday her family and members of DCJC did rounds in all hospitals and morgues within the city with no success. Four days later there is no trace of Caroline, her phone still remains switched off.

AFC Leopards fan show a poster of Caroline Mwatha during the Mashemeji derby at Kasarani stadium on Saturday

Her family reported the disappearance at Buru Buru Police Station under OB 65/08/02/19 on Friday. On Sunday morning they recorded statements at the station to launch official investigations into the matter.

Caroline father with DCJC Administrator James Alama address journalists in Dandora on Saturday.

“We do not know whether the disappearance is personal or related to her work. By the end of the day we may have a clue,” James said.


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285Extrajudicial Executions
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