June 29, 2016
Human rights defender and lawyer, Willie Kimani, and his two associates, Josphat Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri have disappeared in Kenya after being abducted by the Administration Police on 23 June 2016. We call for their immediate release. Read the full statement below or download the PDF.
View the video statement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TYKxOpxST4
Enforced Disappearance of Willie Kimani, a Human Rights Defender together with
Josephat Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri
We the undersigned organizations call for the immediate release of Willie Kimani, a human rights defender/lawyer, and his two associates, Josphat Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri, who were abducted by the Administration Police (AP) on 23rd June 2016. The three were abducted as they left the Mavoko Law Courts in Machakos County shortly before 12:00 pm. Willie, who works for the International Justice Mission (IJM), was in court together with IJM client Josephat Mwenda, a 24 year old father of one who before the 10th April 2015, plied his trade as a Boda boda (motor cycle) rider. This is the culmination of numerous blatant attempts to intimidate Josphat to withdraw a complaint lodged with the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) against a senior Administration Police (AP) officer stationed at Syokimau AP Camp.
This all began on 10th April 2015 at about 2.00 PM when Josephat Mwenda, while a pillion
passenger on a friend’s motorcycle, was stopped by two ununiformed police officers one of
whom they later realized was a well-known senior Administration Police officer from the
area. According to eye witnesses, the AP officer shot Josphat without provocation, after
which the AP officer transported Josephat to hospital together with his colleague, and
thereafter placed him in police custody. In an attempt to cover up the shooting, Josephat
was fraudulently charged with “being in possession of narcotic drugs”, “gambling in a
public place”, and “resisting arrest.”