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Kenya: Lawyers plan week-long campaign to mark 1 year since Willie Kimani murder

June 20, 2017

Lawyers led by Law Society of Kenya chairman Isaac Okero protest in Kisumu town following the murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client boda boda rider Josephat Mwenda and driver Joseph Muiruri, JUne 6, 2016. /MAURICE ALAL

The Law Society of Kenya will hold a week-long campaign to mark a year since human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and taxi driver were murdered.

Kimani, who worked with International Justice Mission, was killed alongside boda boda rider Josephat Mwenda and driver Joseph Muiruri on June 23, 2016.

Their bodies were found stashed in gunny bags in Ol-Donyo Sabuk River in Machakos on July 1, a week after they were reportedly kidnapped by police.

More on this: Cops charged with Willie Kimani murder want LSK, IJM stopped from probing witnesses

Also read: Witness in Willie Kimani murder case describes lawyer’s struggle for help

The campaign dubbed ‘Purple Ribbon’ will run from June 23 to June 30, LSK chairman Isaac Okero said in a statement on Tuesday.

On June 23, a mass will be held at Nairobi Consolata Shrine from 9am to 11am and will be followed by a public dialogue and a memorial vigil at Uhuru Par. The vigil organised by IJM will take place from noon to 8pm.

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/06/20/lawyers-plan-week-long-campaign-to-mark-1-year-since-willie-kimani_c1582965

https://citizentv.co.ke/news/lawyers-in-one-year-anniversary-since-killing-of-willy-kimani-168648/

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/06/21/big-read-we-are-living-in-a-police-state-families-of-youth-slain-by_c1579228

http://allafrica.com/stories/201706220615.html

http://www.kbc.co.ke/amnesty-international-reports-663-extrajudicial-killings/

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.ken170623.htm (FRANCAIS)

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Kenyan_President_Uhuru_Kenyatta_Send_Willie_Kimanis_Murderers_To_Prison (MULTILINGUAL PETITION – PLEASE SIGN!)

Kenya: REMEMBERING WILLIE #IamWillie2017

June 20, 2017

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Dear colleagues,

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.

#IamWillie2017

(Law Society of Kenya Facebook)

Kenya: Juliani launches Machozi Ya Jana song in memory of Lawyer Willie Kimani murdered in June 2016

May 16, 2017

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Juliani launches Machozi Ya Jana song in memory of International Justice Lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri who were murdered in June 2016.

Kenya: Mumias Sugar Company’s legal manager-Ronald Lubya killed

June 6, 2017

Police  are investigating the motive behind the killing of a senior Mumias Sugar Company official.

Armed gunmen shot and killed the company’s legal manager and secretary, Ronald Lubya, at his home in Lukusi village, Matungu sub-county, on Sunday night.

The three masked men ambushed Mr Lubya in his compound and shot him once in the head. Reports indicate that two of the assailants were dressed in police uniform.

Lubya was with his wife at their new home when the gunmen attacked at around 10pm.

After the shooting, the men stole household goods and the family vehicle, a Toyota Harrier, which they used as their getaway car.

The motive of the killing is yet to be established but Lubya is said to have reported to the company security officer that his life was in danger. He reportedly said there were people who wanted to harm him regarding company transactions, and were demanding money from him.

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001242360/mumias-sugar-company-s-legal-manager-ronald-lubya-killed

http://www.nation.co.ke/news/-What-killed-Mumias-Sugar-manager-Ronald-Lubya/1056-3958260-dple98z/

https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2017/06/mumias-sugars-legal-manager-lubya-killed-night-attack/

http://www.plive.co.ke/entertainment/ronald-joseph-lubya-mumias-sugar-manager-killed-id6784550.

http://www.3neel.com/ronald-joseph-lubyamumias-sugar-manager-killed/

https://www.equaltimes.org/kenya-critical-voices-silenced?lang=en#.WTjNXGjyjIU

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001242941/unsubstantiated-political-motive-claims-in-lawyer-s-death-bad-for-the-country

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Sudan/South Sudan/Kenya: Immediately Release Disappeared Lawyer Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri | Letter

June 1, 2017

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers, students and academics who campaign internationally for advocacy rights, advocates in danger, and on rule of law issues. We also engage in legal research and education about international human rights law.  I am a lawyer and a partner of a law firm in Canada, Cohen Highley LLP, and I am writing to you to ask that you intervene with respect to proceedings involving the above named individuals.

Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist went missing the night of January 23, 2017.  Aggrey Idri, a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Operation (SPLM-IO) went missing on January 24, 2017.  The two men were taken to a prison facility at the NSS headquarters in Juba, South Sudan and were removed from this facility on January 27th.  Their current whereabouts and fate are unknown.

Sources have advised that both men were detained by the Kenyan authorities and were at risk for deportation.  When a habeas corpus application was filed on January 27th on their behalves, the Kenyan High Court ordered an investigation into their whereabouts.  The confirmation that both men were in Juba and the custody of South Sudanese authorities indicates that they were illegally removed from Kenya.

Dong Samuel Luak was a registered refugee with the office of the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Convention Against Torture prohibits the return of people to places where they risk being subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.   If he was deported by Kenyan authorities, this action would be a violation by Kenya of the non-refoulement principle under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

http://www.lrwc.org/sudan-immediately-release-disappeared-lawyer-dong-samuel-luak-and-aggrey-idri-letter/

http://webmail.amnesty.org.uk/interface/external_view_email.php?J9188711717817713669428816414019

DongSamuelLuakAI5.6.17 (AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL URGENT APPEAL)

https://www.ifex.org/south_sudan/2017/04/27/disappeared-activists/

http://www.southsudannewsagency.com/index.php/2017/02/22/mystery-deepens-court-rules-families-missing-south-sudanese-activists/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/01/24/kenya-activist-facing-forced-return-south-sudan

Kenya: I lost arm to police brutality but now fight injustice with the long arm of the law

May 29, 2017

David Makara shows his amputated hand./MONICAH MWANGI

It’s Thursday morning and 207 new advocates are ready to be admitted to the bar at the Supreme Court. Among them is one extraordinary man, David Makara.

When the oath taking time comes, the master of ceremony asks the advocates-to-be to hold the Bible with the right hand and the oath, written in an A4 sheet of paper, with the left hand, and read after him.

It is at this point that Makara’s mind races back 15 years ago, when he lost him right hand to a rogue police officer. To read the oath, Makara hangs the paper on what was left of his arm after it was amputated just below the elbow. After taking the oath and with excitement written all over his face, Makara, who had a stint of street life, did the way of the cross and jumped, celebrating his achievements.

His is a painful story with a beautiful ending. He remembers the 15th day of December 2002 as if it were yesterday. It was a normal day and in the evening, at around 6.30pm, he went to Nyahururu to collect a video cassette. “I ran a video showing business at the time and there was a video library in town,” he says.

While in the library, a group of police officers came in and held him by the belt, asking if he knew a guy they had handcuffed. Makara said yes and immediately, he was told he was under arrest. “I came to learn later that the officers had been drinking at a nearby joint and they didn’t have the money to clear the bill, so they came looking for bribes,” Makara says.

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/05/29/i-lost-arm-to-police-brutality-but-now-fight-injustice-with-the-long_c1568518

Kenya: Machozi ya Jana, tribute to assassinated human rights lawyer Willie Kimani #IAmWillie

 

May 16, 2017

(Law Society of Kenya Facebook)