Lawyers’ march turns ugly as protesters pour ‘water’ on police spokesman


Police Spokesman Charles Owino

Demonstrations by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK( and civil society turned ugly after a section of the protesters poured water on police spokesman Charles Owino to express their anger over what they termed as the inability by the security agent to address cases of rising extra-judicial killing.

Led by LSK chairman Isaac Okero, the demonstrators had matched to Vigilance House demanding action against the officers suspected to have executed lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwendwa and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri last week after attending a court session at the Mavoko Law Courts in Machakos.

The demonstrators’ mission was to deliver a petition calling for resignation of Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro accusing them of covering up the murder of the three.

 

Police Spokesman Charles Owino

Police spokesman Charles Owino addresses protesters who had camped outside Vigilance House

The protesters demanded an audience with the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, prompting Owino to march to Jogoo House with them where the office of the IG is located.

However, their quest to see the IG did not bear fruits.

Some activists, led by Boniface Mwangi, went on to pour some red-coloured liquid on the Police Spokesman.

Police spokesman Charles Owino

A section of activists restrain the angry police spokesman Charles Owino from reaching at protesters who poured water and a thick red-substance on him

Police Spokesperson Charles Owino

At Jogoo House, Owino told the protesters that the IG was not available and that he would receive the petition on his behalf.

Police Spokesman Charles Owino

Police spokesman Charles Owino calms down the protesters outside Jogoo House

Human rights Activists protesting

Protesters sit outside Jogoo House where the Inspector General of Police’s offices are located

Yash Pal Ghai

Veteran constitutional expert and activist Yash Pal Ghai was also among the protesters

Owino later received the petition on behalf of the Inspector General, signalling the end of the demonstrations

Police Spokesman Charles Owino

Owino receives LSK and Activists’ petition on behalf of IG

After receiving the petition, the protesters sprinkled the signboard to the IG’s office with the red substance before marching back to freedom corner.

protesters at the IG's office

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