EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLING

Let Lessit conclude Willie Kimani case

In Summary

• The prosecution of four policemen for the murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani has been underway since 2016

• Justice Lessit was promoted to the Court of Appeal but CJ Martha Koome instructed her to first finish the Kimani case

AP officers Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Mwangi, Silvia Wanjiku and Stephen Cheburet during a hearing in lawyer Willie Kimani murder case in a Milimani law court, Nairobi.
CHARGED: AP officers Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Mwangi, Silvia Wanjiku and Stephen Cheburet during a hearing in lawyer Willie Kimani murder case in a Milimani law court, Nairobi.
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Sheria Mtaani, legal lobby group, has appealed to stop Justice Jessie Lessit from concluding the Willie Kimani murder case.

After Justice Lessit was promoted to the Court of Appeal in June, it appeared that the Kimani case would have to start afresh after five years.

But last week Chief Justice Martha Koome instructed Lessit to complete the Willie Kimani case.

Sheria Mtaani and its founder Shadrack Wambui then went to court arguing that an Appeal Court judge cannot hear a High Court matter and that the case should start again. Sheria Mtaani provides pro bono legal services to vulnerable residents of Mathare. 

Willie Kimani was murdered in 2016 with his client and driver. Kimani had filed a complaint against a senior policeman accused of shooting his client, a boda boda rider. Kimani was last seen at Syokimau police station. Four policemen are charged with his murder.

It was a sensible decision by the CJ to let Lessit finish this case. No-one objected to Lessit before her proposed transfer. So this objection is purely procedural.

'Justice delayed is justice denied'. This case started in July 2016. It should be allowed to conclude with Lessit presiding.

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