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Wednesday, 8 May 2013


There are times when the Dame  looks beyond the comfortable confines of our Borough to distant this case, Kenya....a country many of us know well. 

We think of democracies as free of police brutality: sadly this is not the case.


Nicholas Monson, a resident of our Borough can testify to that.

His lovely young son, Alexander, whilst in police custody, lost his life at the hands of the brutal Kenyan police.
But Alexander is not alone.... 
The Kenyan police are lawless... they brutalise the Kenyan people and threaten the tourist industry upon which the economy so depends.
Kenya is a very dangerous destination for all but the bravest: it is time the Foreign Office warned tourists to avoid it.

The police should be protecting the public not abusing them, and yet in Kenya, there are countless cases of people's loved ones being arbitrarily arrested, never to be seen again; there are cases of beatings and torture of detainees, often leading to death; there are cases of "robbers" or "gang-members" being killed on a shoot-now-ask-never basis. This is not just a problem that affects Kenyans. 

British citizen Alexander Monson died from blunt force head
injury sustained while in custody in Ukunda Police Station. This happened in May 2012 and yet no one has been charged with his murder. His case is one of thousands.
In just four years, between 2008 and 2012, human rights groups estimate that the police were responsible for approximately 1000 extrajudicial killings, however no official statistics exist. Nor is there an official record of deaths in police custody nor deaths as a result of excessive force. Even worse, no one is being held to account. Human Rights activist Odhiambo Oyoko at a protest on the 4th of May said, “There is no accountability within the police. They act the way they want because they know that nothing will happen to them”.

Please read and then sign this petition end police brutality in Kenya


  1. I would never visit Kenya again....really dangerous...they are really f*****g up their tourist industry. There are better African countries to go to than this shambles of a country...AVOID

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    2. The Council Estates in North Kensington are dangerous too

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  5. The TMO estates in North Kensington are NOT dangerous.

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  9. The Dame has exercised her right to remove a few of the cruel and downright stupid comments.
    She has always laboured under the impression that her readers were of taste and discrimination:how wrong she was. To the idiot who claims the boy's mother chose to live in Kenya.....check your facts...her family have lived in the country for generations.
    If those others deleted thought more carefully they would have understood it mattered not a jot who he was....he was entitled to be treated in a civilised way. The reality is that this is a country run as a police state...and no civilised person should attempt to rationalise that by suggesting that a beating a young boy to death was acceptable practice. Kenya is a dangerous country run by corrupt leaders, one of whom is wanted for war crimes.

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