Police spokesman Charles Owino was confronted by the protesters who demanded he plays an active role in bringing justice to suspects in the murder of a human rights lawyer and two others.
While the protesters marched the streets calling for government’s thorough investigation on the murder, they saw spokesman Charles Owino being driven in a police car from Vigilance House at Freedom Corner on Monday.
They gathered and blocked the road, asking him to come down from his vehicle and join their march to IG Joseph Boinnet’s office.
On alighting, they poured the red paint on the spokesman and forced him to carry the coffin written “stop extra judicial killings”.
When they got to the Inspector General’s office, the crowd declined to listen to the police spokesman, Charles Owino’s address, insisting that Boinnet must come to address them in person.
They however were told that the IG was in another meeting, and so they dumped the coffins outside the IG’s gate.
(Video Source: The Star)
More than 30 local and international human rights groups and lawyers protested against the killing of Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri.
Activists are calling for immediate investigations by government agencies over the “brutal” deaths.
The protesters also marched to Mombasa law courts, Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu and Railways Grounds in Nakuru.
They marched with placards demanding “accountability for victims of police executions”, and calling to “prosecute those responsible for death of Willie, Joseph and Josephat.”
The three officers suspected to have killed the lawyer are Fredrick Leliman, Stephen Chebulet and Silvia Wanjiku. They were arraigned in court on Monday but were detained for 14 days to allow investigations.
They are suspected to have murdered Kimani, 32, and his client Mwenda, a boda boda operator, who had been pursuing a case involving police brutality.
The two men and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri disappeared after a court session at Mavoko law courts on June 23. Their bodies were later found floating in Oldonyo Sabuk River.