The Azimio-One Kenya Coalition party leader Raila Odinga has condemned the recent increase in the number of femicide cases across the country saying that murder cannot be normalised.
In a statement through his X account, the opposition leader termed the recent trend as a national emergency and ugly saying that it must stop.
“It is sad to see a troubling increase in the deaths of young women, leaving a trail of grief for families and friends. The abnormality of these murders cannot become the new normal. Murder is and will always be wrong, and there is no excuse. The ugly scourge of murder of women is now a national emergency. It is a threat to homeland security. It must come to an end.” Raila Odinga stated.
His statement comes after an outrage of female killings with atleast three being killed recently in Kilifi and Mombasa Counties.
The cases have also reignited the all-too-familiar insidious misogyny conversation around violence against women and girls online.
You might think that in 2024, these verbal postmortems would call out men and ask them to stop killing/being violent but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
This also comes a day after the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA) came out to condemn the increased cases of femicide in the country as well as the blaming of the women who have been killed.
FIDA Executive Director Anne Ireri and Vice Chairperson Christine Kungu said they are deeply concerned by the increasing instances of Violence Against Women (VAW) and Girls.
The recent crimes have also led to Private Security Regulatory Authority CEO, Fazul Mahamed ordering all private security services in residential apartments, lodging, and hospitability establishments to accurately record the time of entry or exit of each individual as well as vehicles or motorcycles entering or departing from such facilities.
Fazul said that all Airbnb operators will be required to record and temporarily withhold identification documents of their clients.