Kenya: Commemoration of assassination of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani June 2017, Nairobi: Part II

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Public inquiries on currently at the LSK Rift Valley Branch #iamwillie2017 #PurpleRibbonCampaign June 29, 2017

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Mombasa Law Society held a #IAMWILLIE commemoration at Mombasa Law Courts culminating in the signing of pro bono Roll of Advocates before the Registrar in charge of Pro bono briefs. The Presiding Judge and Magistrates were present. June 28, 2017

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Yesterday we had a successful launch of the Serenity Corner at the LSK offices at Gitanga road Nairobi. Special appreciation to all those who found time to attend the launch.

Today and tomorrow, we shall hold a public inquiry (open day) on extra judicial killings. The public inquiries are scheduled to be held at all LSK branches across the country. For Nairobi branch, the public inquiry will be held at the LSK offices at Gitanga road.

On Friday 30th June 2017, we shall have a peaceful match in Nairobi setting off from Milimani law courts at 10am.

All advocates are requested to participate in the scheduled activities as we stand together to condemn intimidation, harassment and extra-judicial killings. Let us together stand up for justice and the rule of law. Have a blessed day.

#stopextrajudicialkillingsKE June 28, 2017


On Friday 23rd June 2017, we launched the week long purple ribbon campaign in memory of our departed colleague Willie Kimani together with his client Josephat and their driver Joseph who were brutally murdered one year ago this month. The campaign will run upto 30th June 2017 with various activities scheduled to take place in all branches of the LSK.

Today the LSK Council together with the Purple Ribbon Campaign Committee will officially launch the Serenity Corner at the LSK offices on Gitanga road Nairobi at 2.30pm in memory of the Fallen Heroes of Justice and victims of extra Judicial Killings. The serenity corner will be a permanent reminder of the extent of humanity’s selflessnes and sacrifice for the attainment of Justice.

All advocates are invited to participate in this activity together with the public fora and other activities scheduled for the rest of the week in all branches.

Let us stand together to condemn intimidation, harassment and extra-judicial killings. Have a blessed day. #IamWillie2017#stopextrajudicialkillingsKE June 27, 2017

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Day one of the #PurpleRibbonCampaign week was a huge success! Thank you all that attended. June 24, 2017



Father Daniel, the families of Willie Kimani, Josephat Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri, friends, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen.

I am honoured to stand before you and make these brief remarks as we mark one year since the tragic murder of Willy, Josephat and Joseph. I do so in three different capacities.

First, I speak to you on behalf of the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-K) whose Council I am privileged to chair. Last December, during the International Human Rights Day, the 600 members of ICJ-K elected Willy Kimani posthumously as the Jurist of the Year for his immense contribution to justice, human rights and the rule of law. Today I come here on behalf of the members, Council and Secretariat of ICJ-K to join friends and family in honouring the memory and celebrating the legacy of Willy, Josephat and Joseph, three soldiers for justice who chose bravery over safety, who marched in front when comfort was in the midst of ranks, who defied the logic of power that pretends that might makes right, and who stood up for justice and paid the ultimate price.

Second, I speak to you as an ordinary Kenyan addressing other ordinary Kenyans and friends of Kenya. The brutal murder of Willy, Josephat and Joseph, while tragic, was not unique. It is a just the tip of a very big iceberg. Its importance lay in calling national and international attention to the daily reality that confronts young men in the slums and informal settlements who are shot in cold blood and with impunity in a reign of terror declared by the police. Over the last five years, thousands of young men have been shot dead by the police without the benefit of due process by simply being declared to be criminals. But their biggest crime appears to be that they are all poor.

I am here to join in the chorus of rising voices that are rising all over our country to condemn the systematic murder by the police of our fellow citizens. We are all here to demonstrate that we care about these young people and the families that they leave behind.

The 16th Century English poet and clergyman John Donne once wrote in a poem, “Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. So, never send to know for whom the death tolls. It tolls for thee.” In like manner, any Kenyan’s death diminishes you and me. There have been many bells tolling to announce the funerals of the young men murdered by the police in cold blood. But we shall no longer send to know for whom the bell tolls in Mathare, Korogocho and Dandora, for we know that it tolls for us in Kilimani, Kileleshwa and Karen.

Any Kenyan’s death at the hands of the police not only diminishes each one of us, it also implicates you and me, for it is carried out in our name and using weapons paid for by our taxes. And so we are here to join the chorus of rising voices to take a stand and declare “Not in our name! Not any more!” We are here to demand that the police do their work according to the law without abusing human rights in our name.

Third, I speak to you as a Christian, a member of the Church of Christ in Kenya. And in that capacity, I stand here to repent to God and to the families of the victims of these police killings for the Church’s inaction in the face of this moral crisis of our time.

Martin Luther King Jr. once proclaimed that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

What could matter more than the plight of a widow, already victimised by the violence of poverty and life in the slums, losing her only son in a hail of police bullets?

What could matter more that the tragic story of a young father being cruelly taken away from his little children and young widow thereby condemning them to a life of destitution?

What could matter more than the story of a deaf teenager caught rummaging for something to sell at the Dandora dumpsite on 20th April 2017? He could not here when the police called out to him and they shot him in cold blood and declared him a criminal.

What could matter more that the story of Ibrahim Mohammed and his cousin Lemin Abdalla, both 14 year old teenagers, who left their homes to play football and never returned to their mothers?

What could matter more that the fact that a young man caught with a gun in Karen is accorded the benefit of a full trial, while a young man found eating chips in Mathare is shot in cold blood by the police in unclear circumstances?

And what could matter more that the fact that the citizenry and church members have become so desensitized that they have become cheerleaders to this trigger-happy police force that has appointed itself the judge, jury and executioner, killing our young people merely because “they deserve to die”?

Over the last three weeks, NGO’s have supported these communities in holding community dialogues to give the mothers, brothers and sisters of these young men a platform to express their agony and have stood in solidarity with them. They have done this because they recognise that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

And yet, the Church has largely remained eloquent in its silence, conspicuous in its absence and distinguished in its indifference.

Jesus paid the ultimate price for our salvation. Our salvation was complete at the cross of Calvary when he declared with his dying breath that it was finished. But he left us, his Church, behind to do the work of justice in his world. To go to the places where the fabric of shalom has been raptured and there to be his agents in the ministry of healing. We therefore cannot afford to remain silent and look the other way when God’s children are being exterminated like cockroaches.

The Church must not only weep with those who weep and bury the victims in private, it must take a stand and speak out in public against this injustice of extra-judicial killings. It must also develop and teach an empowering theology of humane policing that requires our police service to secure our country without abusing our rights.

As individual Christians, in addition to raising our voices in condemnation of this injustice, we must find the moral courage to join the sweat of our brow to the tears of the bereaved and the blood of the slain in the hope that they will together become the seeds of a new Kenya where justice will truly be our shield and defender. Only then can we assure ourselves and future generations that Willy Kimani, Josephat Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri did not die in vain.

I thank you.

Consolata Shrine, Nairobi.

23 June 2017.

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June 23, 2017

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A Memorial Mass for the late Mr. Willy Kimani, Advocate, his client and taxi driver is set for Friday 23rd June 2017 (9am to 11am) at Consolata Shrine in Westlands – Nairobi.
A public dialogue and memorial vigil is also the same day at Uhuru Park (Central Park) from 12pm to 8pm.

A year ago this month our colleague Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwendwa and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were brutally murdered. Willie was tortured to death while in the course of duty. This month we remember Willie, Josephat and Joseph as we continue to condemn extra judicial killings.

In memory of Willie, Josephat and Joseph, the Law Society of Kenya together with IJM has organised a week long series of activities that will commence with a memorial Mass at the Consolata Shrine in Westlands Nairobi this Friday 23rd June 2017 from 9am. This will be followed by a public dialogue and memorial vigil at Uhuru Park from 12pm upto 8pm on the same date.

We urge you dear colleagues to kindly attend the Mass and the public dialogue and memorial vigil in memory of our colleague and to also participate in other activities that have been planned across all LSK branches between 23rd June upto 30th June 2017 as communicated in the LSK Newsletter and as shall be updated from time to time. Let us stand in solidarity for justice and the rule of law.


(Law Society of Kenya Facebook) (FRANCAIS)

One year ago, you stood with us during one of the darkest periods of IJM’s history. Together, we are continuing the fight to end police abuse in Kenya. We fight for Willie, Joseph, Josephat, and every Kenyan who has suffered at the hands of corrupt and abusive police.
Thank you for joining us. Thank you for fighting for justice in Kenya.

(International Justice Mission Facebook)



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