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Where’s justice for murder victims?

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By Dorynne Shawanna | July 18th 2016

The heinous murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and their taxi driver should be cause for alarm over the state of human rights in the country.

Activists, human rights organisations and even the international community have urged the Government to bring the perpetrators to book.

This happened even as pressure mounted on top State security officials to resign over police-linked extra-judicial killings. I do not want to be fooled by the calls of justice, just like I would not want any Kenyan to be fed by false hope of justice.

Since independence we have had cases of political leaders and ordinary citizens who were assassinated and others killed in cold blood, and yet justice has not been achieved.

This is an indication that justice might just be but a mirage. Since 2013, the National Police Service has been vetting the entire police force in a bid to 'clean up' the service.

However, according to the Global Anti-Corruption Coalition Transparency Institution, the police force is the most corrupt institution in Kenya.

This impunity must end. I am calling upon the Government to support reform efforts to strengthen the capacity of national justice systems towards accountability and justice.

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