The Independent Police Oversight Committee (IPOA) said on Tuesday that they had launched investigations into the shooting of a twenty-four-year-old Boda Boda rider at Mama Lucy Hospital.
IPOA spokesperson, Dennis Oketch, said that they had sent a team to the scene of the crime to investigate the matter.
According to reports, an AP officer shot and killed Daniel Mburu over a fifty-shilling parking fee charge. Reports indicate that the fifty shilling charge was an unofficial charge.
Mburu had acted as a good samaritan to save the life of a young child. The young child was said to have been drowning in the Korogocho river. Mburu rushed the child and her mother to the Mama Lucy Hospital.
But it was upon arriving on the hospital premises that things got heated.
Upon reaching the hospital gates, a scuffle between Mburu and the guards ensued, with the guards insisting that he pays fifty shillings for parking fees. However, Mburu claimed he did not have the money. So, the guards let him park at the hospital casualty wing.
After handing the child to the hospital emergency wing, he made his way back, only to find his bike missing.
Additionally, the guards were now in the presence of two AP officers. Upon going to enquire about the whereabouts of his bike, witnesses said a commotion ensured. The APs then dragged Daniel to the security office. And then, the crack of a gun.
According to witnesses, the guards had called the police with claims that Mburu was being unruly.
According to a study by the nation in 2018, police killed an average of 16 people every other month. There are fears that the numbers could be higher since many people do not report.
Additionally, many of those killed were young men in low-income areas. This then creates a situation where there seems to a deliberate criminalisation of poverty. Never mind that poverty is prevalent due to lack of political goodwill to make lives of ordinary Kenyans better.
The several cases of Kenyan families speaking out on alleged police killings point to a deeper problem than just rogue police officers. It points to a rogue system.
Such is the extent of extra-judicial killings, that you are more likely to die in the hands of a police officer than a thug.
Low confidence in IPOA
Even as IPOA stated that they had launched investigations into the shooting of Mburu, there is a foreboding sense of the case not leading to any meaningful conclusion.
Since being birthed in 2011, IPOA has successfully determined only six cases. This is out of 13,000 that it had received.
However, this may not be down to the body itself. IPOA states that its meagre resources and lack of cooperation curtail its progress. Thus, there is a lingering suspicion that IPOA may have been designed to fail.
As such, with many poor Kenyans coming down under the full force of a system that seems to despise them, there is little hope in the very institutions that kill and maim them to successfully protect them.