Report: Police and administration leads in torture of civilians

The Regular Police have been singled out as the most dangerous law enforcement agency in inflicting torture and tormenting civilians.
 
In a survey report released by the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) earlier today, 61 per cent of Kenyans have singled out the Regular Police as the most dangerous law enforcement agency.
Another 14 per cent quoted the Administration Police, five per cent indicated the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) while another four per cent said that they had been tortured by the county government officers.
 
The report revealed that most of the incidences are reported to occur in Nairobi and the Coastal regions.

The survey indicated that security apparatus have are the major perpetrators of inflicting torture and tormenting civilians as the menace is on an upward trajectory.
 
Other agencies reported include the prison warders, special police squads, private militia funded by the state and the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
A majority of Kenyans at 72 per cent argues that the trend is on the rise with cases of beatings, strangulations, extra judicial killings and prosecution on false charges being the most reported.
“The 2016 survey findings reveal that the regular police remain the main perpetrators of torture. The trend is on the rise as other agencies like the KDF being reported for the first time,” reads part of the report conducted by research institute Infotrak.
Notably 64 per cent of the cases were reported in urban centres compared to 44 per cent in pre urban and 28.6 per cent reported in rural areas.
Most of the tortures were carried in police cells where victims had been booked, others on their way to the police stations and during the time of arrest.
More than half of those tortured claim to have sustained physical injuries and were denied access to medical and legal redress as required by the law.
 
Speaking during the release of the report, IMLU executive director Peter Kiama said the trend is worrying as many cases have gone unreported or are stopped at the police Occurrence Book as most victims are unaware of their rights.
“Despite the law enforcement agencies undergoing comprehensive reforms from a force to a service, a majority of Kenyans are victims of the police ghost,” Kiama said.
 
But Police Spokesman Charles Owino dismissed the report blaming the figures on unverified reports and that which targets to portray the National Police Service (NPS) in a bad light.
“The levels of impunity in this country within the public is growing from bad to worse. As much as torture must be punished the background and evidence of torture must be on record. You cannot just dismiss the police with false figures,” Owino said.
Owino however admitted of a few cases of police torture known to him but was quick to blame the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) for doing little to prosecute the alleged perpetrators.
“IPOA was created for such accusations but they are now seemingly fighting us. Let them do their work,” added an agitated Owino.
APs came in to the limelight after four officers were allegedly involved in the abduction, enforced disappearance and killing of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and their taxi driver in July.
IMLU issued a similar report in March where security forces were behind at least two-thirds of gun-related deaths in Kenya between 2013 and April 2016, with a total of 563 deaths.
The organisation recorded 199 killings by police in 2014. IMLU said the number of people killed by police between January to December 2015 was 126 of which 97 were summarily executed, 20 shot to protect life and nine killed in unclear circumstances.
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