Law Society of Kenya has called on the government to take action over increased insecurity and murder cases in the country.

LSK through Chief Executive Officer Mercy Wambua, the Society demanded the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti expedite investigations into the recent killings especially those of KBC journalist Betty Barasa and National Land Commission Communications Director Jennifer Wambua.

Wambua said lawyers are gravely saddened by the brazen threat to the security of Kenyans marked by the alarming spike in insecurity, mysterious disappearances, heinous and brutal murder of Kenyans witnessed in the recent past.

Additionally, the society asked the Government to ensure that security measures are enhanced especially during the Covid-19 Pandemic period when crime is likely to escalate.

“It is imperative that the Government puts in place a raft of measures including a fiscal plan to address the financial challenges facing Kenyans

The CEO urged the government to return the tax reliefs put in place in 2020 to cushion citizens, businesses and investments from the effects of the ongoing lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

“The Law Society of Kenya condemns in the strongest terms possible the brutal murder of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (K C) video editor Betty Barasa that is reported to have taken place on the night of Wednesday April 7, 2021”, said CEO Wambua.

It is reported that, the gruesome murder took place at 8.30pm at her home in Oloolua, Ngong area in Kajiado North in the presence of her family members including her children.

” The Society would like to pass sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Betty Barasa”, she added.

CEO Wambua further added that the murder of KBC employee is just one of the many of such heinous acts of gangs of criminals that is leading to loss of lives of innocent Kenyans and puts to question the efficiency of the security measures put in place by the Government.

Other such cases include, the heinous killing of the National Land Commission Communications Director Jennifer Wambua that took place on or about March 27,
2021 whose investigations are still pending with no report of arrest of any suspect to-date.

LSK also said that the cases of abduction and extreme insecurity in the country continue to increase at an alarming rate.

Benson Njau Kayai, an advocate of the High Court of Kenya was kidnapped in broad daylight on February 7, 2021 and his whereabouts remain unknown and no suspect has been arrested to-date.

Kiambu court allowed the police to detain the key suspects in the murder Jennifer Wambua, for 14 days to allow them conclude their investigations.

Benjamin Saitoti Patel and David Sempuan will now assist detectives to unravel the murder of the former NLC Deputy Director of communication and state witnesses.