Charles Owino, the Police spokesman was roughed up and forced to carry a coffin by lawyers during their demos today, demanding he takes responsibility for the murder of a human rights lawyer, Willie Kimani and two others.
Owino was being driven in a police car from Vigilance House when the demonstrators spotted him at Freedom Corner. They blocked the road, demanding that he alight and join their march to IG Joseph Boinnet’s office.
On alighting, they poured red paint on the spokesman and forced him to carry a coffin written “stop extra judicial killings”.
When they reached the Inspector General’s office, the crowd refused to be addressed by Owino and demanded Boinnet’s presence. Protesters proceeded to dump coffins outside the IG’s gate after they were informed that he was in another meeting.
More than 30 local and international human rights groups and lawyers took to the streets to protest the murders of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri.
The demonstrations also took place at Mombasa law courts, Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu and Railways Grounds in Nakuru.
Protesters carried placards demanding “accountability for victims of police executions”, and calling to “prosecute those responsible for death of Willie, Joseph and Josephat”. They marched the area with red-stained t-shirts as they chanted.