Ombudsman slams Ipoa over increased extrajudicial killings

The Commission on Administrative Justice has slammed the Independent Police Oversight Authority over the rising cases of extrajudicial killings by police.

“We do not understand why IPOA is silent on such matters given that most of these complains we receive are in their knowledge yet we are not seeing any reactions,” said the commission’s chairman Otiende Amollo.

Otiende said IPOA has failed in stemming the growing number of rogue police officers saying that such incidences are happening under their watch.

He said cases of extra judicial killings in country are reportedly on the rise with the brutal murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani being the latest to be witnessed.

The Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) has revealed that 14, 235 cases were reported in 2015 up from 10, 312 reported in 2014 and only 2, 340 similar cases in 2013.

The Ombudsman further said that majority of the reported cases involved the Administration Police who are also in the spotlight for killing the Mavoko three.

“The figures are growing each year with most cases involving the AP who have been linked to almost and every case,” CAJ chairman Otiende Amollo revealed during the launch of the Ombusdman 2015 annual report and Case Law in Nairobi.

The watchdog now demands that the president form a commission of enquiry to look into the legal, regulatory, and administrative and policy the police.

” We therefore ask the president to establish an enquiry commission to look into the conduct of the National Police Service with a view of making recommendations that would obviate extra judicial killings, promote responsibility and advise on repatriation of victims,” demanded the Ombusdman. Out of the 117936 cases reported, 33053 were related to delays, 28328 accounted for unfair treatment while abuse of power complains were recorded at 22970.

Amollo noted that his team had issued 37 Advisory Opinion and participated in more than 40 matters of public interest before the court with the aim of promoting transparent gorvanance and protecting human rights.

Meanwhile, Amollo who took office in 2011 announced he will submit his resignation in November this year, 12 months ahead of the end of his tenure.

Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro lauded the commission for the key role they played in unmasking the foul fatalities of innocent Kenyans.

“The commission has proofed its mandate by enforcing administrative justice and constitutional values especially those touching on the maladministration of the police service,” said Ethuro.

He urged the commission to continue with their systematic investigations surrounding the extra judicial killings.

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