Police spokesman Charles Owino, on whom red paint was poured, by protesters demanding justice for murdered lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver.
Protesters poured a red liquid on police spokesman Charles Owino when he accompanied them to the IG’s office to present a petition against extra-judicial killings.
A group tried to put a coffin on the senior policeman’s head, but he ducked and warned them against being rowdy.
Owino was being driven in a police car from Vigilance House when the demonstrators spotted him along Harambee Avenue on Monday.
They blocked the road, demanding that he alight and join their march to Inspector General Joseph Boinnet’s office in Jogoo House, across the road.
“I came to Vigilance House and tried to talk to them. I offered to accompany them to the IG’s office. On the way an individual splashed some coloured liquid on me trying to provoke me but I resisted,” Owino explained.
He smiled as he walked with the crowd, shielded by organisers of the demonstration.
At the IG’s office, Owino offered to receive the petition as the boss was out. The organisers handed over their petition but the crowd refused to let him address them.
Protesters proceeded to dump coffins outside the IG’s gate after they were informed that the he was unavailable.
More than 30 local and international human rights groups and lawyers took to the streets to protest the murders of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri.
Activists demanded that government agencies begin investigations into the “heinous” deathsThe demonstrations also took place at Mombasa law courts, Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu and Railways Grounds in Nakuru.
Protesters carried placards demanding “accountability for victims of police executions”, and calling to “prosecute those responsible for the death of Willie, Joseph and Josephat”.
They marched in the area with red-stained t-shirts while chanting.
Three officers linked to the deaths – Fredrick Leliman, Stephen Chebulet and Silvia Wanjiku – have been detained for 14 days to allow investigations.
Kimani, 32, and his client Mwenda, a boda boda operator, had filed a complaint alleging that Mwenda had been shot and injured by police in April 2015.
Mwenda was then charged with a range of offences, including possessing drugs, gambling in public and resisting arrest, the activists said.
The two and the taxi driver went missing after a court session at Mavoko law courts on June 23.
At about 5.30 pm last Thursday, their bodies were later found
floating in Oldonyo Sabuk River