HomeAboutTech & BusinessLIFESTYLEPhotography/FashionPOETRY Kenyan Story The Truth Behind Extrajudicial Killings in Kenya. April 3, 2017
There has been a recent uproar on social media about the “extrajudicial killings in Kenya” that happened on Saturday in Eastleigh. Everybody seems to have an opinion as to how the same would have been done if they were in the shoes of mostly the police, most of the opinions not being positive. We from the Kenyan Story team thought we should unearth the truth behind what had happened and hopefully by the end of this post, shed some light on what happens behind closed doors matters justice.
Before I begin, I need to emphasize on the fact that the police are indeed human beings. Yes, they are not cyborgs, they have family, friends, eat what we eat and what not. That said, we lost a police man as a result of gang killings in Kayole, may his soul rest in peace and his family find comfort in these hard times. There is need to remember that as you continue reading.
The people who dominate most of social media comments, uproar, conversations to name the least are the middle class. Our country being divided into social classes, our conceptualization of crime is also very divided. For instance a person who lives in a gated community views crime as the coming home to find nothing in the house type, or being mugged at pen knife point to surrendering their phones, laptops and a few thousand shillings, or being pick pocketed or loosing your gadgets in a pick pocketing incident while in transit. You agree with me that that is a horror story eh? You lost your Mac together with all your documents and projects, alas! how are you going to recover? Next thing you go to the police file for a report, go to the data recovery experts, in less than a month, you have all what you lost, the day is saved. Our view of crime, we very vocal people.
Now here’s the difference, a few years back I went to visit a friend of mine who lived in Dandora (I don’t remember the phase, lest somebody misquotes me). We were watching a movie, normal stuff, the movie ended, it was around two, the next logical thing was to get food. My friend, Tom and his friend Dickson decided they would go get food while I waited in the house. Their parting statement was and I quote “ukiskia mlango ikigongwa na haiko accompanied na simu yetu usijaribu kufungua!!” which is a warning to not open the door if I heard somebody knocking if I had not received a call from them to do the same. Ladies and gentlemen, that was the longest 30 minutes of my existence, well second longest now but I’m sure you’re getting the point. They came back 30 minutes with the food and actually called to confirmed it was them before they knocked. After we ate, I had seen all the movies they had so we started plotting another activity. Dickson suggested Tom should take me round the area to see the kind of life that exists there. I was super stoked, I have a neck for adventure and uncovering new places. Tom’s response though, shocked me more than it scared me, he said and I quote, “eh! me staki kuwa ule mtu aliharibia msichana wa wenyewe maisha” translation, I don’t want to be the one who ruins somebody’s daughters life. I did not understand what that meant and neither did I ask questions. Going home, was rather smooth until we got to the stage, Tom showed me a group of boys who were standing there also, “nikirudi home past 10 p.m awa wasee wataniangusha. Ukiskia nimeenda, ujue tu its by the hands of these guys” If I get home past 10 p.m these guys will murder me. If you hear news of my death, these are the culprits. To my surprise, before we got into the jav, he greeted two of them, it seemed pretty casual. I have never been so scared in my life.
Months later, I see a feature on the news about the gang activities in Dandora where a group of guys used to terrorize the area residents by sexually assaulting the girls. Let me try paint a picture, You have a mum, sister, girlfriend or just a friend. If you happened to pass by while the gang was there, they would take the woman, rape her in turns in front of you then return her to you to continue as you were. After I saw this feature I remembered Tom’s words when the suggestion of taking me for a walk arose.
Case study number 2, Harry, a friend of mine, and I were sharing new years eve stories. He also lives in Dandora, their family tradition and mine are the same, we always go into the new year together as a family. Harry’s story, I quote and translate for my none Swahili speaking audience, ” We were having dinner while watching the 9 p.m news. That’s me, dad and mum, my little sister and brother. We heard gun shots coming from our fence that made us rush to the windows to see what was happening, our fence borders a feeder road. The were two guys, one holding a gun pointed to a woman that was lying down in a pool of her blood, there were tomatoes onions and cabbage scattered from where she had lay, all these was vivid due to the security light of our flat which lit the road. The woman hands over her purse to the other guy who ransacks it to find a 500 shilling note. The other one with the gun shoots her twice in the head and they leave the woman, dead.
I acknowledge that my case studies are not from Eastleigh but if you go through our slums, the story is very much the same. My perception of crime is I’ll loose replaceable electronics, come face to face with a pocket knife and loose a couple thousands whereas somebody elses’ conceptualization of crime is, if I don’t make it to my house at a specific time I’ll probably not see tomorrow and I will die in the hands of somebody I know and I see every day. Huge difference.
Now, do I support the way the police killed those thugs? Before I answer that, somebody should explain to me like two year old what the meaning of a suspect is. In my description, a person who kills and steals in broad daylight unmasked is no longer a suspect. A person whose parents confirm on live TV that they are criminals is no longer a suspect. That is a confirmed criminal. I don’t support how they did it, if it was up to me I would have done it Nairobi Half life Style, for those who haven’t watched it, here’s the plot, the criminals are caught, put in a room and are killed one by one each day while the others are watching. That ought to teach someone a lesson even if they use their connections to get out like they always do, that image will forever stick with them.
That act however, I’m very much in support of. These boys are known, have been arrested numerous times but always find a way out. Back to their habits of killing, stealing and destroying. Two dead criminals means, one less family broken due to loss of a member because of as little as 500 bob, it means less kids on the streets as a result of being orphaned, it means less girls being scarred for life as a result of ruthless, uncultured known criminals.
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