Governors decry increase of police brutality in the country

Governors decry increase of police brutality in the country

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Outgoing Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu addressing press at Voi in the past . PHOTO: NIXON KISAKA.

Taita Taveta, KENYA: The council of governors has decried what they term as brutality acts by the police, observed in recent days in different incidents in the country.

Speaking in a press conference in Voi on Monday, the deputy chair for the council John Mruttu said that the governor’s council has noted the unprecedented increased police brutality among innocent Kenyans.

He added that the recent act being of the attack on Bomet governor Isaac Ruto while addressing youths at Silibwet Township ward in Bomet county.

He condemned the acts of violence against the governor, saying its unlawful.

“We as the council of governors strongly condemn the acts of violence against our brother who was attacked while trying to address the issue of the arrest and harassment of some youths in Bomet county as the head of the county government”, Mrurru stated.

The council also condemned the incident on Thursday 3rd Nov where members of civil society who held a peaceful demonstration were brutally dispersed, as journalists who were covering the event were also teargassed and harassed by the Anti-riot police.

The case of a young man in Nyeri county who is nursing injuries after been beaten by police on Saturday was also noted by the council as uncalled for and unlawful, claiming that the man was exercising his constitutional rights.

“Every person has the right, peaceably and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket, and to present petitions to public authorities”, the deputy chair stated.

According to the council, the trend being witnessed is a side back to the dark ages, claiming police are now being used by some politicians to settle political scores, resulting to innocent Kenyans being brutalized, harassed and unlawful arrested based on their political preferences.

The council also stated that the increased brutality is heightening tensions that may result into unpleasant retaliations, that may affect the coming general election which is nearing.

The governors asked the Inspector general of police Joseph Boinet to quickly contain the situation, so that the county goes back to its normalcy of peace and respecting of law and order.

They called upon different stakeholders including the independent policing oversight authority (IPOA) and Kenya National Commission on Human rights (KNCHR) to urgently investigate such violation of human rights, and ensure justice is done to those whose rights have been violated.