Daily Archives: July 3, 2016

IJM Launches Petition Demanding Justice In Kenya Following Murder Of Kenyan Lawyer

A global petition launched today seeks to demand justice for the murders of Willie Kimani, Josephat Mwenda, and Joseph Muiruri; Solidarity march set for Monday, July 4

WASHINGTON and NAIROBI, Kenya, July 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — International Justice Mission (IJM) today announced the launch of a petition demanding justice in the murders of IJM staff member Willie Kimani, IJM client, Josephat Mwenda, and trusted driver, Joseph Muiruri in addition to the immediate removal of a high-level Kenyan police official following events that precipitated between the abduction of Kimani, Mwenda, and Muiruri on Thursday, June 23 and the subsequent recovery of their bodies on Friday, July 1. Local authorities have confirmed the arrests of at least three Administration Police. IJM is calling for the removal of the head of the Administration Police in Kenya and rapid convictions of all involved with this horrific crime. Please find the petition here.

International Justice Mission Launches Global Petition Demanding Justice in Kenya for the murders of IJM staff member Willie Kimani, IJM client, Josephat Mwenda, and trusted driver, Joseph Muiruri and the immediate end of police abuse of power. Solidarity March set for Monday, July 4 in Nairobi. www.justiceinkenya.org.

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“We are demanding the immediate end of police abuse of power in Kenya in solidarity with our dear colleague, Willie; client, Josephat; trusted driver, Joseph; and all those who have fallen victim to the outrageous impunity that has come to plague the nation of Kenya in this era,” said Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission. “Today, we’re calling on President Kenyatta to quickly align himself on the side of justice by taking bold action in the swift prosecution of all those involved in this horrific murder and removal of the head of the Administration Police, Deputy Inspector General Samuel M. Arachi.”

On Monday, July 4, the Civil Society of Kenya will be joined in Nairobi by orginanizations and individuals in a march for justice in solidarity with Willie Kimani, Josephat Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri, calling for an end to police abuse of power and extrajudicial killings.

Several organizations, governments, and global entities have expressed support for IJM in the pursuit of justice in this case and in ending impunity for police in Kenya. U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec and Kenyan Heads of Mission issued the following joint statement:

“The individuals responsible for these crimes must face prosecution regardless of whether they are private citizens or members of the NPS. Holding police officers accountable for violations of human rights and other forms of misconduct is vital to end impunity in the police service and to establish safety and security for all Kenyans.”

IJM is closely collaborating with Kenyan local and national law enforcement officials who are leading the ongoing investigation.

Within hours of learning of the incident, IJM leadership activated crisis response teams in Nairobi as well as Washington, DC, to work closely with police officials on the ground and to support the families involved.

IJM’s focus moving forward is to ensure the well-being of the families and staff affected by this crime as well as the swift conviction of all involved.

International Justice Mission is a global organization that partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen public justice systems.

For global media inquiries:
Contact: Julie Kilcur
+1-443-878-5996 (m)

For local Kenyan inquiries:
Contact: Sanjay Sojwal

South Africa: Sascoc Refutes False Reports in Media Regarding Athletes Travelling to Rio

SASCOC would like to clarify the erroneous reports in the weekend media relating to athletes travelling to the Rio Olympics next month. All athletes travelling with Team SA will be departing on 23 July on a SAA flight to Brazil. No athletes will be paying for their flights.

It has been the policy of SASCOC for every Olympic Games that any breakaway athlete, who will not be accompanying TeamSA and who will be making their own way to the Games, will have their flights paid for by their Federation, who will then be reimbursed by SASCOC.

“At the last Olympics in London, athletes who travelled on their own were reimbursed R10 000, while this year we are paying them R12 000. It is strange that this matter is only being raised this year. The reports in the media implying that all athletes have to pay for their flights are a complete distortion of the facts”, said Chief Executive Tubby Reddy.

“We expect the majority of athletes to travel on 23 July and those few athletes choosing to travel to the Games independently of the Team will have their flights paid for by their Federation. Federation will then be refunded. Athletes have been fully briefed on this matter by their respective Federations”, added Reddy.

Once again SASCOC wishes to thank the majority of the media who are fair and balanced in their reporting on the activities of our sportsmen and women in our country. We are concerned that a very small sector in the media is determined to deliberately convey an inaccurate and false perception of the organization.

Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

South Africa: African Team’s Tour De France Dream Continues in Second Tour

What better way to get Dimension Data’s second Tour de France up and running than a win in the opening stage of the 2016 edition!

Britain’s Mark Cavendish won the bunch sprint in the first stage of the three-week epic, 188 kilometres between Nont-Saint-Michel and Utah Beach.

It’s not only the African team’s first ever yellow jersey in the Tour de France but also the first time that Cavenish has had the honour of wearing the coveted material.

In their debut tour last year, Dimension Data occupied the polka-dot King of the Mountains jersey as well as claiming a stage win by Chris Cummings.

An incredible continuation of success for Africa’s premier cycling outfit, with the team’s only South African rider, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, playing a key part in the victory.

The opening stage suited the sprinters perfectly with the five-rider breakaway having a minimal chance of making it to the finish first.

Etixx-Quickstep and Lotto-Soudal did the lion’s share of the pace making from the peloton while Team Dimension Data rode near the front, out of trouble, during a nervy stage which saw a number of crashes and splits in the peloton caused by crosswinds.

With 5km to go, the Afrian side’s plan starting taking shape. Moving up the left side of the peloton, Bernhard Eisel led Janse van Rensburg, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mark Renshaw and Cavendish to the head of the bunch.

Dimension Data were shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Etixx squad, with stage favourite, Marcel Kittel, at the rear of their train.

After two powerful turns by Janse van Rensburg and Boasson Hagen respectively, Dimension Data edged ahead as Renshaw led under the one-kilometre-to-go sign.

Cavendish waited on the wheel of Kittel who had to start sprinting early, before the Manxman burst out of the German’s slipstream with 200m to go, to take a historical victory.

‘It’s a very special win, the first time I have had the honour of wearing the yellow jersey and what a special moment to do it, with such special people. ‘Three of my last guys, Edvald, Mark and Bernie were guys that have been with me my whole career and to have Reinardt pulling full on for me in the final, it was super emotional for me.

‘In this team, we race for more than just our sponsors, we race to raise the profile of the Qhubeka charity and to put 5000 kids on bicycles. There is no better way to do that than to wear the most iconic symbol in cycling and that’s the yellow jersey. I am very, very happy.’

Just as happy was Team Principal, Douglas Ryder, a man who has done so much for African cycling: ‘

A Tour de France win, our first stage this year, our first yellow jersey, our first year in the World Tour with a new sponsor, this is just unbelievable for this team.

‘The team has an X-factor because it’s got everything going for it at the moment. It has a social cause that everybody really cares about and that the riders believe in.

‘For all the riders to work like they did today, to commit to one objective and one goal and then to pull it off, it is sensational. To wear our first yellow jersey in our second Tour de France and win the first stage, after an incredible start to the season where we had a hugely successful Dauphine, this is an amazing moment for this team.

‘It’s amazing for our new partners and for that group who came, Bernie, Renshaw and Cavendish, it is incredible how they have integrated with our African riders to make this a special moment for this team and for African cycling.’

As for Janse van Rensburg after cycling he can always look at a career in fortune-telling! Check out his blog for Bicycling SA magazine ahead of the tour:

‘The finish of stage 1 should be a sprint, but with the wind blowing its a question of how big the group is in the final kms and which GC contenders have been caught out… Mark Cavendish is super keen to grab his first Yellow Jersey on stage 1’.

Sunday’s second stage is a 182km ride between Saint-LA and Cherbourg-Octeville, a testing stage with a rather nasty Category 3 climb in the final stages lying in wait.’

Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee