Friday, 8 July 2016

Lawyer Willie Kimani's job made him a walking target


Tonny Ndungu 8 hours ago 27715
– Lawyer Willie Kimani’s undoing was his volatile occupation- he spent a great deal of his life exposing killer police officers and championing for human rights 
– His lifeless body was retrieved from the banks of Oldonyo- Sabuk River after he went missing in the company of his client and a taxi driver 
Lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and a taxi driver whose services they had sought, were kidnapped a fortnight ago and discovered dead at the bank of a river, days later.
Autopsy results showed that the trio had been brutally murdered. Their suspected Killers were arrested, arraigned in court as they await their trial.
The former University of Nairobi graduate was a hardened human rights lawyer and activist- a job that made him a walking target among those whose his life mission was to expose and bring to book.
Kimani was a member of several organisations that sought justice for victims while exposing killer police officers. Kimani who had put his best foot forward was an admired field investigator who gave up his ghost in pursuit of justice.
While studying law at the University of Nairobi (UON) in 2008,  Kimani served as a student leader for a short while before joining Women Rights Awareness Programme (WRAP)- an initiative that champions for the rights of women.
Lawyer Willie Kimani's job made him a walking target
32-year-old lawyer Willie Kimani was a father of two working as an investigator for the International Justice Mission. It is an organisation helping those who cannot afford to hire lawyers get justice.
In 2009, the ambitious law student joined the Release Political Prisoners (RPP) as an intern. It was here that his passion for human rights grew. Indeed his former colleagues who spoke to Nation eulogise him as  a man who gave his all for justice.
Before his brutal death, Kimani was working with the Internation Justice Mission (IJM). He had worked at IJM for one -and-a -half years as a field investigator.
An autopsy conducted on the bodies of the three by government pathologist Johansen Oduor revealed that they were killed by blunt objects and strangled.
Lawyer Kimani was hit on the head with a blunt object and suffered a fractured skull.
His client Mwendwa was hit on the head, at the back of the neck and on the chest with a blunt object. He suffered a fractured skull and had blood in his chest.
Image: Nation.co.ke

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