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Police killings, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet should resign
By Gilbert Koech | Updated Jul 04, 2016 at 13:53 EAT

It is public knowledge that the Kenya police is a "force" gone rogue. There is no use defending the indefensible.

The brutal killing of city lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and the taxi driver only confirms what is going on every day in this country.

The Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has no moral authority to continue being in office when his officers continue to break the very law that they are supposed to uphold.

The killing is a confirmation that Kenya is slowly and surely turning into a police state.

Coming almost immediately after the questionable handling of IEBC protests and the murder of businessman Jacob Juma, a pattern of extrajudicial killings by our police is becoming clear; they kill when they want.

At this point, we should not ask Mr Boinett to conduct speedy investigations, but to take ultimate responsibility for the actions of his juniors and resign.

This should include the Minister of Interior who seems to have a knack for defending the police whenever they commit serious violation against harmless civilians.

Indeed, it is under CS Joseph Nkaiserry that the police seem to have upped their game in senseless killings seemingly because, they are aware about their political "godfather".

Kenyans should not just condemn killings; there should be action. Part of that action is now and it should start with the resignation of the police top brass.

This will send a clear message to trigger happy police that their actions shall not be condoned. Just as Jamaican poet, Claude Mckay, wrote in "If we Must Die" in 1919, the State should "let us nobly die".

We should no longer be treated to the tireless song of "speedy investigations" by our politicians. It is time as Kenyans we rise above parochial interests and heed to Abraham Lincoln's famous quote, "To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men".

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