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Kenya/UN: Kenyan activist Maina Kiai briefly detained at Nairobi airport

August 21, 2017

Kenyan activist Maina Kiai briefly detained at Nairobi airport

A prominent Kenyan human rights activist and lawyer whose own organization was de-listed by Kenyan authorities last week says he was detained Sunday morning at a Nairobi airport and surprised by demands that he prove he was cleared to travel.

Maina Kiai, board member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission NGO, planned a trip to Amsterdam from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The former United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights was held up in what officials say was a “routine procedure,” but Kiai, a private citizen, was taken aback by security demands for his departure.

“I think we are back to the dark era when officials would do anything because of your perceived political affiliation,” Kiai said in an interview with the Standard. “We have to resist this.”

The Kenya Human Rights Commission has denied allegations of tax evasion leveled against the NGO in the immediate wake of the August 8 elections, which saw President Uhuru Kenyatta win another term against primary challenger Raila Odinga of the Nasa political opposition coalition. Odinga plans to challenge the results.









Kenya: State sued over Chris Msando, Jacob Juma and other killings

August 3, 2017

Businessman Jacob Juma during a past interview. PHOTO | FILE

Former Law Society of Kenya boss Apollo Mboya has sued the State over rising disappearances of people and extrajudicial killings.

The case comes on the backdrop of the murder of IEBC ICT Manager Chris Msando and KMTCgraduand Carol Ngumbu.

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Mr Mboya on Wednesday sued the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director of Criminal Investigations as well as the Attorney-General.

He wants them ordered to produce probe reports of all missing persons and extrajudicial killings from February 2008 to date.

In his suit, he has a list of the some of the people who were either killed or disappeared without trace.

They include lawyers Albert Muriuki, who disappeared while working as a deputy director for constitutional and legislative affairs at State House, Willie Kimani, Geofrey Oriaro, Ronald Joseph Lubya and Jared Ratemo.

Mr Kimani disappeared and was found murdered alongside his client Josephat Mwenda and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri in June 2016.

Mr Mboya wants the court to compel the sued parties to produce recorded footage of State House, Mombasa and Thika roads in a bid to shed light on the disappearance of some of the missing people.

He also wants the court to find that enforced disappearances and extra judicial killings have become widespread and require a judicial inquiry so as to bring to account those responsible.

He further wants his case to be heard by a three-judge bench.






Kenya: Revealed: How KRA lawyer Jared Ratemo died

July 14, 2017

KRA lawyer Jared Ratemo. He was found killed on

KRA Lawyer Jared Ratemo was tortured, injected with an unknown substance and strangled before he died.

A post-mortem on Mr Ratemo’s body revealed that he suffered several injuries inflicted by a blunt object on his head, face and other parts of the body.


The report also shows that the lawyer’s genitals were crushed and his neck had injuries, suggesting that he was strangled.

Investigations have been launched on the substance injected into his body.

Specimens collected during the post-mortem have been taken to the Government Chemist for forensic toxicology.

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Meanwhile, Mr Ratemo’s elder brother Henry Kissinger Mokua on Friday said the family would be meeting in Nairobi starting Friday afternoon to plan for his burial.

The body of the lawyer was discovered on Wednesday morning by motorists who alerted the police from Embakasi Station.

On Thursday, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko ordered the Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro to urgently start investigations into the murder.






Kenya: Cops linked to lawyer Willie Kimani murder lose bid to delay case

July 13, 2017

APs Fredrick Ole Leliman, Leonard Mwangi Maina, Silvia Wanjiku Wanjohi and Stephen Cheburet Morogo during a past appearance at the Milimani law court. /FILE

Police officers on trial over the murders of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani and two others were dealt a blow on Thursday after the High Court declined to delay the case.

Lawyers representing to officers wanted more time despite the fact that the high-profile murder trial resumed after a two-month break.

The legal brass sought the extension to allow them appeal against a decision that rejected their bid to bar victims from cross –examining witnesses.

Trial judge Jessie Lessit said the request by the defence team was premature.

The judge also declined to expunge crucial evidence that was introduced by lawyers representing victims in the case.

“I am unable to even consider the application as there is nothing before me,” the judge said

The AP officers are Stephen Chebulet, Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Maina, Stephen Chebulet and Silvia Wanjiku.

Their trial alongside informer Peter Ngugi is now expected to run on a day-to-day basis for the next two weeks.

Johana Ngoria, a police officer working at Ol Donyo Sabuk police station, gave his account of the incident.

He is the one who retrieved the bodies of Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda and driver Joseph Muiruri from Sabuk River.

The officer said they were tied on their waist with gunny bags while their heads had been tied with plastic bags.












Kenya: Shock as KRA lawyer found dead, body dumped on road

July 12, 2017

Times Tower, Kenya Revenue Authority headquarters in Nairobi. A lawyer attached to KRA customs department was on July 12, 2017 found murdered.  PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A lawyer attached to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) customs department was on Wednesday morning found murdered and is body dumped along Mombasa Road.

Mr Jared Ratemo’s body was discovered early morning by motorists who alerted the police from Embakasi Station. His identification documents were found on him.

Confirming the incident, Embakasi DCIO Peter Ndubi said investigations into the death of the lawyer had been initiated. He refuted claims that he had been shot.

“We are still investigating the circumstances under which he died, but we suspect he may have been murdered elsewhere before his body was dumped there,” Mr Ndubi said.

The Lawyer’s brother, Harun Mokua said Mr Ratemo, a father of three, was abducted on Tuesday, days after he had travelled to Nairobi to solve undisclosed tax issues.



A few hours before he disappeared, Mr Ratemo was to travel back to Mombasa where he is stationed, aboard a 9.30am flight.

It is not clear yet, whether he went to his office in Ngara that morning, as he had planned.
An email notifying staff about Mr Ratemo’s death was circulated at the Authority, with the HR department saying that the body was taken to the Chiromo Mortuary.

“Until his death, he was serving as a supervisor in customs and Border Control Department Consol base CFS in Mombasa,” the email said.

Lawyers have condemned the killing and called for speedy investigations.

In statement, the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Isaac Okero said: “The circumstances of Ratemo’s demise point to a most foul murder at the hands of people he was familiar with.

“This incident coming barely a month following the brutal murder of another lawyer, Ronald Lubya and one year following the brutal murder of lawyer Willie Kimani has shaken the society to its core.”











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“The circumstances of Ratemo’s demise point to a most foul murder at the hands of people he was familiar with. This incident coming barely a month following the brutal murder of another lawyer, Ronald Lubya and one year following the brutal murder of lawyer Willie Kimani has shaken the society to its core” Isaac E. N. Okero, LSK President


Kenya: Kenya Law Society Warns Politicians Over Anti-judiciary Rhetoric

July 11, 2017

FILE - Jubilee Coalition presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta, 2nd left, accompanied by his running mate William Ruto, left, meets with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) members in Nairobi, Kenya, May 29, 2017.

The Law Society of Kenya says attempts by politicians to undermine the judiciary could destabilize the country during elections next month. Candidates from the ruling Jubilee Coalition, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, have accused the courts of bias in favor of the opposition.

Law Society of Kenya President Isaac Okero says rhetoric against the courts must stop.

“They are being attacked on account of some decisions that have been made where they are sitting on a panel…. This can only undermine the integrity of the election process and the rule of law. It is only with strict adherence to the rule of law that we do not have a situation of anarchy. It is extremely important that all citizens protect the independence and the integrity of the institution,” Okero said.

On Friday, the High Court ruled the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission must re-advertise the tender for the printing of the presidential ballot papers. The court said the process was marred with irregularities and a lack of public participation. The printing of the presidential papers was to start next week (July 18).

In late June, the electoral body lost another case brought by the main opposition coalition regarding the announcement of the presidential election results. The court ruled the results announced at the polling station level are final. The commission wanted the results to be centralized and announced at the national level.

The rulings angered the ruling Jubilee Party, which accuses the judiciary of working with the opposition and interfering with the work of the electoral body.





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Kenya: Kenyans march to demand justice for murdered lawyer

June 30, 2017

Keyan Right Activists

Rights activists have marched through Kenya’s capital Nairobi to demand justice for Willie Kimani who was brutally murdered last year alongside his client and driver.

The incident put the police on the spot over extra-judicial killings and five policemen have been charged with murder.

The protestors from the rights group International Justice Mission (IJM) took a petition against extra-judicial killings to the office of the Inspector General of police and the president’s office.

Mr Kimani’s client had filed a complaint against a police officer. The three men were reportedly kidnapped after a court appearance in June last year.

Tortured bodies of the three men were later recovered from Ol Donyo Sabuk river in central Kenya a week after they were reported missing.

A plaque to honour Mr Kimani as a fallen hero of justice was also unveiled at the Supreme Court museum: