Death has been hanging over Kenyans for some time now with a surge in the murders and rape of children, girls and women.
Too many children, girls and women have in recent times suffered gruesome deaths in the hands of people who should be their protectors.
Children are being plucked from their playgrounds, picked on the way to or from school and places of worship and from the balconies and doorsteps of their parents’ houses and slaughtered by adults.
Girls and women are being killed in cold blood by supposed lovers, husbands and even parents.
This turn of events is completely unacceptable. It has already gone on too long and must now be arrested. This is not the country we wish for our children, especially our daughters and sisters. Yet slowly but steadily, this brutality is becoming a new normal, just another news item in our country.
I want to call upon the National Police Service to assure Kenyans that it is up to the task of protecting particularly children, girls and women. Police must assure Kenyans that an individual will not pluck and kill two, four or five children or girls before the ring is detected and crushed.
The Judiciary must also assure Kenyans that justice will come swiftly and fairly where lives have been senselessly lost. Justice is taking too long to come if it ever does for the victims.
The delays only prolong the pain and make beasts bolder. Now more than ever, this country needs assurance from these two public institutions that are critical to ending the madness.
This country must rediscover its path and its soul and that rediscovery must be led by the Police Service, the Judiciary and the people of Kenya at large.
Kenyans must speak out loudly against the slaughter of children and gender-based violence. These murders cannot be treated as personal or family matters. These are Kenyan matters and must be treated as such.
I pass deepest and sincere condolences to families that have lost loved ones, those who have lost children, daughters and mothers in the senseless brutality that has gripped the country lately. My prayers are with families currently hunting for disappeared children.
You deserve justice.
Raila Odinga, EGH.