Ombudsman wants inquiry into police killings

The Commission on Administrative of Justice (Ombudsman) has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to form a commission of inquiry to probe the wanton abuse of power by police.

The Commission’s chairman Otiende Amolo expressed concern that abuse of power and impunity by police has been on the rise.

“We have recommended that President Kenyatta establishes a commission of inquiry to look into the legal, regulatory, and administrative and policy regime and policy regime with a view of making recommendations that would obviate extra-judicial killings, promote accountability and advice on the reparations for victims,” Amolo said.

The move Amolo said will assist in reducing impunity within the police service.

He said the commission of inquiry should be composed of representatives from the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA), National Police Service Commission, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the Commission on Administrative of Justice and other interest groups.

While releasing its annual report of 2015, Otiende said more Kenyans are dissatisfied with the conduct of police officers.

In 2015, Otiende said the commission handled 117,936 of which 14,235 complaints were against police officers representing 13 percent.

In 2014, the commission handled 10,312 complaints of which 79,693 cases filed were against the police while in 2013, the complaints stood at 2,340(12.82 percent) of the 18,257 complaints filed.

“Whereas it is imprudent to condemn the entire police service, it would be reckless to overlook these incidents for they point to a much bigger problem,” Amolo said.

Referring to the killing of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda (a boda boda operator) and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri, Otiende said the increase of extrajudicial killings by police recently points a problem in the leadership within the police service.

“These and many other incidents of a like nature have occurred in times past clearly speak to administration gone wrong within the police service,” Otiende said

Early this week, Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi suggested that police should be vetted at least after every three months as one of the measures to reduce extrajudicial killings in the country.

Security expert Simiyu Werunga pointed out to lack of leadership within the police service as the major cause of extrajudicial killings by police officers.

“What we are seeing as the rise in the extrajudicial killings in the country especially by the Administration Police is purely due to lack of proper leadership and on this it’s only the Inspector General that can help,” Werunga said.


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