Kenya: LSK now wants Matiangi, Kibicho and Mutyambai to be sacked for extrajudicial killings
Nairobi – The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is now calling for a complete overhaul of the senior leadership of the Home Office and national government coordination in the face of increasing cases of extrajudicial killings and kidnappings.
LSK specifically wants Home Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, its Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to open the door, accusing them of being the perpetrators.
Led by council representative Bernard Ngetich, LSK said the rot in the ministry emanated from senior management as cases of enforced disappearances escalated during their tenure.
âOur junior officers are not bad; the culprits are the top leaders led by CS Matiangi and we would like to tell President Uhuru Kenyatta as he prepares to leave office that he is reviewing and changing the direction of the security agencies. Let’s have people who respect the law and human rights as well as various religious beliefs, âNgetich said.
The Muslim community has already pledged to hold demonstrations every Friday to protest what their leaders describe as “enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings” primarily targeting Muslims accused of terrorist links.
The President of the Supreme Council of Muslims of Kenya (SUPKEM), Al Hajj Hassan Ole Naado, said the community has been unfairly targeted by security forces, especially the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) which often detains suspects incommunicado.
“As part of a broad campaign to defend our rights, starting this Friday, we are calling on all Muslims in the country to organize rallies after Friday prayers to protest these blatant injustices,” Naado said during a press conference a few hours after the Muslim professor. Hassan Nandwa has been released.
SUPKEM believes Nandwa has been in police custody since last month when he went to report the disappearance of Elgiva Bwire, a man who had been released on terrorism charges.
Nandwa went missing and was not seen until Sunday evening when he was thrown into a thicket in Mwingi, but his client has yet to be found.
According to Muslim leaders, 133 people have been killed and more have gone missing this year alone, while more than 1,000 people have been killed by security forces since 2007. 28 of the cases are in court, according to the count. Muslim rulers.
Amnesty International said in 2020 that more than 740 Kenyans had been killed by police since 2007, including at least 130 in 2020.
LSK issued a 30-day ultimatum to President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack senior security officials.
âAs lawyers, if we don’t see any changes in the next 30 days, we will go to court and file a lawsuit against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Attorney General Kihara Kariuki. We hope the court will find Matiangi, Kibicho and Mutyambai have no moral authority to lead the interior dossier which is essential in the country, âNgetich said.
LSK CEO Mercy Wambua said they would not relax their quest for justice even with Nandwa’s release.
“I spoke to Professor Nandwa via his cell phone but no details were given [to us] where he was, who his captors were and what had happened. We agreed to give him time to see a doctor. We don’t know the whereabouts of his client Bwire yet, but we will continue the search as we ask his captors to release him alive, âWambua said.
LSK Nairobi branch chairman Erick Theuri is already pushing for Safaricom to comply with a court order to produce the Nandwa call logs.
“We hope that once the recordings of Professor Nandwa’s calls are provided, we can trace his last movements. We understand that he is fragile, but we will have a discussion with him about what really happened,” said Theuri.
The body of lawyers also announced plans to hold peaceful protests across the country on Wednesday to protest the kidnapping of Nandwa who was found on Sunday evening.
According to LSK, the demonstrations organized as part of the “Purple Ribbon Campaign Week” aim to denounce extrajudicial killings and disappearances.
Police headquarters did not respond to a request for comment from us on the Muslim leaders’ claims.