Kenyan Police Legally Murdering and Torturing Civilians.
by the national gadfly, Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:50:15 PM EST
Image courtesy of Wikileaks
From Wikileaks, comes the truth about Police Death squads operating under legal orders, to round up and kill young men. Kenya: The Cry of Blood - Report on Extra-Judicial Killings and Disappearances, Sep 2008 is documented evidence that over the last 18 months, the government has ordered the capture and murder of its own citizens at the hands of the police. The land of our next President's father has become like pre-war Nazi Germany with government sanctioned murder and torture.
(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)
The Kenyan Government has a real big problem with the Mungiki gangs. The gangs openly state their opposition to the country's President, the police and the rule of law. The response however has been marked by grotesque brutality and no lessening of the gang's numbers or strength.
Since mid-2007 the Kenyan Police have engaged in an orgy of extra-judicial killings and disappearances. In the last year and a half, with the connivance of the country's political leadership, over 500 young men have been killed or disappeared. This Sep 2008 Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) report, The Cry of Blood, is an account of these crimes and a call for the United Nations to intervene.
Despite being submitted to the authorities in Kenya and to the United Nations Committee Against Torture, the Report is not publicly available in Kenya, even on the official website of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.
The Report contains evidence of a high-level policy to assassinate Kenyan citizens with impunity. This policy is still in effect, hence the urgency of getting this report to a global and Kenyan audience via Wikileaks.
The Report contains annexes which detail the names of the men executed by the Kenya Police and those who have been disappeared. It also contains medical forensic evidence implicating the Kenyan Police, morgue records and post mortem examination reports.
Suspected slum-dwellers lie on the ground at Nairobi's Mathare slums. Kenyan police shot dead at least nine people on the third day of a crackdown on a stronghold of the Mungiki criminal gang blamed for a wave of beheadings, witnesses said. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna (KENYA)
The report shows how police had been using firearms initially, but changed to mutilation, strangulation and other means involving no firearms. They do this to make the deaths seem as if they were committed by gangs.
The KNCHR report goes on to say:
That on 20/9/07, the then Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon Raphael Tuju, during the Loius Otieno Live program on Citizen TV, said that For the past few months, up to 400 people were killed because they were Mungiki. The KNCHR is in possession of the TV clip of Minister Tuju making the admission, which was transmitted live.
There are reports of the police kidnapping people and holding them for ransom. The Kenyan Press is not covering this. They are being pressured by the same brutal regime to not only ignore these deaths entirely, but to regard the gangs as terrorists who deserve this kind of treatment. (Sarah Palin would fit right in). The only chance of this information making it back to the people of Kenya is for those living outside Kenya to expose this and demand justice.
Turn up the heat on the murderers who abuse the rule of law in the land of our new President's father.
Embassy of Kenya
2249 R Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Telephone: (202) 387-6101
Fax: (202) 462-3829