British aristocrat Lord Nicholas Monson has tragically lost another son Rupert Green, 21, who reportedly died in hospital in the UK after spending five days on a life support machine.
His firstborn son Alexander died in Kenya in 2012 in what the family maintains was as a result of brutality in police custody. “After Alexander, I thought I had another son who would blossom and fulfill his dreams. Now Rupert is gone as well. It’s so sad,” Lord Monson is quoted by the Sunday times.
Alexander had been arrested during a night out with friends near a resort in Diani on suspicion of possessing cannabis.
The police said that he had died of an overdose but two pathology reports showed that Alexander had received a “blunt force trauma” at the back of his head.
A British forensic expert told an inquest that was opened to investigate his death that the technocrat’s son died of brain injuries caused by a blow to head by blunt objects and that no traces of drugs were found in his urine samples.
The Kenyan police is known best for its brutality and corruption and has since its inception been characterized by widespread extra-judicial killings.
According to a report by The Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) last year, 64 Kenyans died in police custody between January and April 2016. 53 of them were allegedly executed while the rest (11) died in unclear circumstances.
Data by The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA), which was established to provide for civilian oversight over the work of the police in Kenya, also indicates the pervasive of police brutality in Kenya.
IPOA corroborates false Police Report
Lord Monson is however on record accusing IPOA, which was set up with UK funding, of corroborating the police report on the cause of his son’s death and even went ahead to urge the UK to consider a review of the way some of Britain’s £12.2billion aid budget is used in Kenya, saying that the widespread corruption in Kenya has prevented the police officers involved in the death of Alexander from being brought to book.
“The irony is that the IPOA is a well-meaning British initiative, bankrolled through our foreign aid budget. So it’s the British taxpayer who has been underwriting the lies which my family has had to dismantle, an example of foreign aid going badly wrong,” said Lord Monson in a letter to Boris Johnson in August last year.
Lawyer Willie Kimani Murder
The magnitude of Kenya’s police brutality was brought to the fore in July last year following the brutal murders of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Joseph Mwenda (a bodaboda operator) and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri .