EDITORIAL

Police must ensure all of us are safe

Benson Njiru and Emmanuel Mutura died in the hands of police officers.

In Summary

• On August 8, four young and healthy men were lynched in Kitengela on rather wild claims they were mistaken for cattle rustlers.

• A week earlier, two Embu brothers were killed and dumped in a bush after being arrested.

Mike George, 29, Fredrick Mureithi, 22, Victor Mwangi, 26, Nicholas Musa, 28, and their torched motorbikes in Kitengela.
CLOCKWISE: Mike George, 29, Fredrick Mureithi, 22, Victor Mwangi, 26, Nicholas Musa, 28, and their torched motorbikes in Kitengela.
Image: KURGAT MARINDANY

The death of even one person is bad enough. To lose six young and productive men to murder in a matter of days is a national disaster. 

Youth in Kenya already face many challenges. They are unemployed and if not killed by thugs, they die in the hands of the police. This is unacceptable.

On August 8, four young and healthy men were lynched in Kitengela on rather wild claims they were mistaken for cattle rustlers. The two brothers and their two cousins were on a fun-filled outing for a housewarming party to celebrate a birthday.

A week earlier, two Embu brothers were killed and dumped in a bush after being arrested. Benson Njiru and Emmanuel Mutura died in the hands of police officers.

These deaths should enrage the entire nation. Families are mourning the senseless murders of their young promising youths. Felled at the prime of their lives.

Sadly, but predictably, the police do not seem interested in finding the killers. Not even a daily or occasional briefing to show a team is on the case.

The police must work and live up to their motto Utumishi kwa Wote (service to all) by carrying out thorough investigations and bringing the culprits to book

President Uhuru Kenyatta, on his part, must rise to the occasion and arrest this downward spiral into lawlessness that is quickly taking root.

Nothing emboldens criminal and inspires their dark crazed minds like a police force in deep slumber.