Kenya’s justice system came to a standstill today as lawyers took to the streets in protest against the killing of a lawyer and his client.
Willie Kimani (pictured), a client who was taking action against the police and their taxi driver were found bludgeoned to death last Friday. Colleagues said the murders bore the hallmarks of extra-judicial killings by police officers.
The Law Society of Kenya has called on all lawyers to boycott courts this week, while nationwide protests have been organised.
Protesters in Nairobi today wore white T-shirts flecked in red to symbolise bloodshed and carried placards condemning police killings. They were led by Law Society of Kenya president Isaac Okero who demanded justice for ‘all victims of extra-judicial killings and forceful disappearance’, local newspapers reported.
Kimani disappeared last week after lodging a complaint against a police officer on behalf of a client, Josphat Mwenda. Their bodies, along with that of their driver, were recovered from a river in Machakos County near Nairobi a week later.
Three police officers are in custody after appearing in court over the killings.