The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Security Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has announced war on rogue police. The CS arrived at this decision after a two-hour meeting with top government officials.
The meeting followed an uproar by Kenyans, who complained of police brutality, especially during curfew hours. Noordin Hajji, the Director of Public Prosecutions, further added that his office had recorded 176 police brutality cases.
This was after the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) investigated and forwarded the cases to the DPP.
According to Hajji, his office has already pressed 85 out of the 176 cop cases. He further added that 23 of those cases were murder charges. Hajji also added that his office is reviewing the other cases so that they can take appropriate action.
An increase in the number of police brutality cases.
The DPP had previously raised concern over the increasing cases of cop brutality ever since Uhuru announced the dusk to dawn curfew. Although Uhuru wanted to protect Kenyans’ lives through this curfew, some rogue cops took advantage and started harassing residents.
In some instances, the police harassed and sometimes killed Kenyans even before the curfew hours.
IPOA raised all these concerns urging the involved bodies to take action.
The human rights body further noted how some cops were breaking into shops and homes. They then looted food from the owners or extorted money from them. Recently, Samuel Maina, a Kahawa West resident, was the latest victim. The police from his area beat him up and stole his mobile phone. What angered Kenyans is that the rogue officers badly hurt him and even broke his nose.
Mombasa police were also in the spotlight when curfew started due to their harshness and brutality towards residents at the ferry. This led to President Uhuru Kenyatta issuing a public apology for how the cops treated residents.