RISING CASES OF DISAPPEARANCES, MURDERS

Raila calls on cops to protect women, children in wake of rising murder cases

Raila said the police must assure Kenyans of their safety.

In Summary

• ODM leader Raila Odinga called on the police and Judiciary to bring to end cases of senseless murders and disappearances of children and women.

• Raila stated that the Judiciary must also assure Kenyans that justice will be served swiftly and fairly in cases where lives have been senselessly lost, adding that delayed justice only makes perpetrators bolder.

ODM leader Raila Odinga during a service at St Joachim and Anne Catholic Church, Kayole on January 17, 2021.
ODM leader Raila Odinga during a service at St Joachim and Anne Catholic Church, Kayole on January 17, 2021.
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ODM leader Raila Odinga has called on the police and Judiciary to bring to end cases of senseless murders and disappearances of children and women.

In a statement to newsrooms, the ODM leader said too many children and women have lost their lives at the hands of people who should otherwise be their protectors.

“Children are being plucked from their playgrounds, picked on the way to or from school and places of worship and from the balconies and doorsteps of their parents’ houses and slaughtered by adults,” Raila said.

“Girls and women are being killed in cold blood by supposed lovers, husbands and even parents. It has already gone on too long and must now be arrested.”

He described the happenings as unacceptable.

He noted that the police must assure Kenyans that they are safe and that no more children or women will suffer the same under their watch.

Raila stated that the Judiciary must also assure Kenyans that justice will be served swiftly and fairly in cases where lives have been senselessly lost, adding that delayed justice only makes perpetrators bolder.

“The Judiciary must also assure Kenyans that justice will come swiftly and fairly where lives have been senselessly lost. Justice is taking too long to come if it ever does for the victims. The delays only prolong the pain and make beasts bolder,” he said.

"This is not the country we wish for our children, especially our daughters and sisters. Yet slowly but steadily, this brutality is becoming a new normal, just another news item in our country."

The former PM said that all Kenyans must speak out against the slaughter of children and gender-based violence, insisting that such murders must also be treated as national matters.

Raila's remarks come a few days after 25-year-old Masten Milimo Wanjala confessed to having murdered at least 12 children, including one in Machakos, one in Bungoma, as well as in Nairobi.

The suspect claimed to have single-handedly massacred his victims, sometimes sucking blood from their veins before murdering them.

Wanjala was produced in a Makadara court on Thursday and police were given 30 days to hold him while they investigate and recover bodies. 

Three bodies have been recovered, two on Tuesday, one on Wednesday last week.

In another case, a suspect Evans Juma Wanjala last Saturday confessed to defiling five young girls and strangling them to death in Moi's Bridge, Uasin Gishu County.

The victims were aged between 10 and 15 years old.