Rapist Killer Police in Kenya, and Appalling Rape in South Africa

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Killing, maiming, and the destruction of property accompanies presidential elections in Kenya. In repeated elections, in 2007 and in 2013, huge violence took place. Then, and again in late 2017, ethnic rivalries were prominent. This is not so-called ‘primordial tribalism’. It is planned political action that contains a strong class element, stemming from the gulf between the winners and losers in the bitter struggle for land and power, in the decades before independence in 1963. The ‘Loyalist’ constitutional nationalists won, and the rebellious landless peasantries lost out. President Uhuru Kenyatta is the scion of the former, notably wealthy. ‘Unmasked ethnic tensions still haunt the country’, says Human Rights Watch (HRW), and retain this class basis.

Another characteristic of electoral violence in Kenya is the impunity of the perpetrators. The authorities repeatedly fail to initiate credible investigations, and possible prosecutions. The organisers of electoral violence are chiefly people around the president. (Considered in ‘The Annulment of Kenya’s August 2017 Elections’, CP, 20 September 2017.)  In Kenya, as in other African countries, like Uganda and Botswana, power is highly centralised in the presidency. Flagrant acts of state violence can occur. A UN investigation into murders by Kenyan police, in March 2009, reported by Xan Rice, pointed to systematic, wide and regularised extra-judicial killings on the streets of…

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  • Joseph Conrad

    The UN and member nations must set a rule that any Cop who takes a life DIES THE SAME DAY WITHOUT DELAY OR APPEAL. THE SAME IS TO HOLD TRUE FOR RAPE.
    THE WOMAN’S FAMILY MAY KILL THE COP AT THEIR LEISURE THE SAME DAY !