December 10, 2016
Human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Murimi underwent torture before meeting their deaths at the hands of those duty bound to protect them – Administration Police officers.
The pathologist who carried out post-mortems described their deaths as “extremely painful.”
“Whoever was inflicting these injuries seemed to have had an affinity on the testicles and they crushed them,” Andrew Kanyi Gachie told the court handling their murder trial.
In recognition of his work, lawyer Kimani has now been named Jurist of the Year after he paid the ultimate price while defending human rights.
Kimani, who was killed mid this year was awarded the posthumous award for his bravery in defending the down trodden in the country, since he was a law student at the University of Nairobi.
It is the work his widow Hannah Kimani, while receiving the award said: “I never thought it will cost his life.”
“No amount of words can explain who Willy was. He was one of a kind… with this award, it shows that his work was not in vain.”
She described Kimani, “as the best father my two boys would ever have.”
International Commission of Jurists Kenya Executive Director Samwel Mohochi described their killing as an epitome of impunity, in a case involving police officers, who are already in custody undergoing trial.