On Friday 8/6/2018, the Mathare Social Justice Centre hosted a press conference convened by the Justice Centres Working Group. The press conference aimed at introducing the #SabaSabaMarchForOurLives demonstration to Kamkunji grounds to remember victims of extrajudicial executions in Kenya. There were in depth discussions on the history of Saba Saba, and how it relates to the history of systemic oppression, impunity and elimination of young people in the East of Nairobi in areas like Mathare, Dandora, Kayole, Githurai, Kamkunji, Mukuru and Korogocho.
We clearly do not feel our own safety and dignity as residents of the Eastlands. For young people the impunity gets worse in that the police have criminalized everything they do to earn a living. Ultimately, by criminalizing being young and poor the extrajudicial killings of this demographic has been normalized. We have come together as justice centres from poor areas in Eastlands to resist this: we say enough is enough.
The 7/7 March will be preceded by a set of community dialogues and a 30 day media campaign with the hashtag #7/7MarchForOurLives. On the day of procession, people will walk from across all Eastlands to Kamkunji grounds where a petition and followup action for the victims of EJE will be presented to the Government, the AU and UN special rapporteur. Family members of victims will speak on this day, and, in addition, the Mathare Green Movement will plant trees in Kamkunji as a way of commemmorating the lives lost to police killings. Collectively we have embarked on this process to demand justice and an end to the killings of our community members. Please join us as we march for dignity and justice on 7/7/2018.