State dismisses police killing reports

The government has dismissed reports of unlawful killings linked to the police.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery castigated the report labelling it biased and a palpable misrepresentation of facts.

He was alluding to an investigative piece published on a local daily purporting that the police have killed 122 people in the last eight months alone.

The report further claimed that in 2015, more than 140 people died in the hands of police officers with a cumulative of about 250 innocent civilians in the past 20 months.

But Nkaissery dismissed the claims and instead alluded to a conspiracy by non-state actors to undermine the work of the government in securing the country by glorifying criminal acts.

“The author of the report appears to be suffering from confusion and a lack of understanding of facts. It is obviously biased. We know who are behind this wild report,” a viciously agitated Nkaissery told journalists outside his Harambee House office in Nairobi today.

He was flanked by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, National Police Service Commssion chairman Johnstone Kavuludi and Interior PS Karanja Kibicho.

While dismissing the presence of a special squad to carry out the killing, he maintained that the use of firearms by law enforcers was clear in the law.

He said there was no policy allowing police officers to engage in extra judicial killings and asked members of the public to front such evidence to the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) if they suspected such an occurrence.

He however acknowledged that there could be a few rogue police officers who overstepped their mandate.

“Like any other department, the police harbours a few rogue elements. But a few rascals do not justify condemnation of an entire service,” said the CS adding that such officers will be prosecuted.

According to the CS, 77 per cent of the extra judicial killings submitted to IPOA were found to be baseless.

“The report acknowledged that IPOA had received 5784 complaints of police harassments and unlawful killings. On record 4454 of the cases were baseless,” he noted.

IPOA reports indicate that out of the 1330 cases found to contain evidence were being investigated, 116 files submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) with another 163 closed by the same office.

And on police unity, he maintained that all arms were working collaboratively in the interest of the state security.

“Our presence here today as NPS, NPSC and IPOA is a testimony to the fact that we are seamlessly working as a team to ensure the security of all Kenyans,” he said.

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