PETITION

Uhuru urged to order thorough probe into activist Ekaru murder

Say her death is a true testimony of the risks, challenges and threats women human rights defenders continue to face.

In Summary
  • On Tuesday the group, led by Caren Wambui Kiarie, held a peaceful procession along the major streets of Kisumu to protest against the killing.
  • They urged the government to give an update and accountability on the progress of all femicide cases in Kenya as a sign of its commitment to uphold social justice and human rights.
Human rights defenders in Kisumu protest against the killing of Elizabeth Ibrahim Ekaru from Isiolo on Tuesday, January 11, 2021
Human rights defenders in Kisumu protest against the killing of Elizabeth Ibrahim Ekaru from Isiolo on Tuesday, January 11, 2021
Image: FAITH MATETE
Human rights defenders in Kisumu protest against the killing of Elizabeth Ibrahim Ekaru from Isiolo on Tuesday, January 11, 2021
Human rights defenders in Kisumu protest against the killing of Elizabeth Ibrahim Ekaru from Isiolo on Tuesday, January 11, 2021
Image: FAITH MATETE

Human rights defenders have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to direct the office of the DCI to thoroughly probe the death of a rights activist and bring her killers to book.

Elizabeth Ibrahim Ekaru, a women's and land activist in Isiolo, was found dead on January 3 after an alleged argument with her neighbour.

The call was made by Women Human Rights Defenders, civil society organisations, Social Justice Movements and Feminist Movement in Kenya.

On Tuesday the group, led by Caren Wambui Kiarie, held a peaceful procession along the major streets of Kisumu to protest against the killing. They later handed over a petition to the county commissioner.

The petition addressed to the Office of the President was copied to the Inspector General of police, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Office of the Chief Justice. 

Others are the Ministry of Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs, the National Gender and Equality Commission, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association and the Council of Governors.

In their petition, they said the murder of Elizabeth brings to the fore the pervasive nature of patriarchy, systematic structures that work against women and girls and violence against women and girls in Kenya.

They said her death is a true testimony of the risks, challenges and threats women human rights defenders continue to face.

“Elizabeth’s death reminds us of the many femicide cases whose perpetrators are yet to be brought to book,” the petition read.

They cited a number of women who have been killed locally and globally. They include Agnes Tirop, Joanna StutchburyEsther Mwikali, Caroline Mwatha, Mercy Waithera, Marielle Franco from Brasil and Berta Caceres from Honduras.

“Declare the targeted attacks and killing of women human rights defenders in Kenya to be alarming and consider the issue to be a national emergency,” they urged the President.

They further urged the government to give an update and accountability on the progress of all femicide cases in Kenya as a sign of its commitment to uphold social justice and human rights.

Edited by A.N