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Kenyan extra-judicial assassination Gitobu Imanyara Parliamentary death threats, 10 Jun 2009
From WikileaksJune 22, 2009
"A letter which was tabled in Kenya's Parliament on Thursday 18th June 2009 has created a new flashpoint in the controversy over extrajudicial killings and death squads within the Kenyan Police Force.
The letter allegedly authored by a member of the 'Kwekwe' Police death squad was tabled by Imenti Central Member of Parliament Gitobu Imanyara alleges a plot by among others First lady Lucy Kibaki, Cabinet Minister John Michuki and Police Commissioner Maj Gen. Hussein Ali to eliminate several prominent personalities including current and former MPs.
Those alleged to be targeted for assassination include current Chairman of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee Dr. Bonny Khalwale, former Cabinet Minister and current MP Martha Karua, former MP Paul Muite, a Mary Wambui and a Charles Kamau. But in a swift rejoinder, State House dismissed Imanyara as a reckless politician making unfounded statements.
The Speaker of Parliament has promised a considered ruling on Wednesday 24th June 2009. Kenya has a history of politically motivated assassinations of public figures and politicians dating back to the 1960s. Victims include former MPs and Cabinet Ministers."
The letter has not ever been published in full before.
The Kenyan Parliamentary Hansard (included in the WikiLeaks ZIP archive) for the 18th of June, 2009 confirms the letter's existence.
It should be noted that the most contentious part of the letter, that paragraph which implicates President Kibaki ("the First Family"), seems to have been written after the other content. Whether this was because the author ran out of space (the margins are also used), or because it was written by a second or third author is unknown. Kibaki has expended significant efforts to oppose investigation of extra-judicial assassinations in Kenya and was alleged by the Oscar foundation in a letter to the International Criminal Court to be have backed the assassination efforts.
The submission of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights to the 11th session of the United Nations' Human Rights Council confirms the existence of the 'Kweke' death squad within the Kenyan Police Force.
MP tables Letter on Murder Plot: http://www.ntv.co.ke/News/-/471778/612612/-/rsj6nrz/-/index.htmlImanyara tables chilling letter on murder "plot": http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/612628/-/ukb2wy/-/index.html
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