Boinnet promises action on killers of Meru student leader

The Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet now says it is not clear the circumstances under which the Meru University student leader Evans Njoroge was shot dead.

Speaking Wednesday night in an exclusive interview with KBC‘s news anchor Brenda Czeda on the #Perspective show, the police boss said they had began investigations to establish how the shooting occurred and warned that any officer found culpable will be charged in a court.

Describing the incident that has drawn condemnation across all quarters as unfortunate, Boinnet however said it was not clear whether the mob that engaged the police in running battles were students owing to the fact that the institution had been closed.

“As of now we do not know the circumstances at which the killing took place but we are in the process of investigating. We are not sure whether the people causing the mayhem were students but we are taking action to finding out. We are investigating the matter and whoever is responsible will be held to account” he said.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority –IPOA and the Ministry of Education are investigating the killing of the student.

“Following the unfortunate incident, the Ministry has constituted a team to urgently investigate the matter to establish the cause(s) of repeated cases of unrest at the University with a view to making recommendations to forestall similar situations in the future. The team will work with the University’s Council to ensure a speedy conclusion of the investigations” said Education CS Amina Mohammed.

“The  Ministry has appealed to the students to respect the University’s decision that the institution remains closed as arrangements are made to recall them for resumption of studies. More fundamentally, the Ministry appeals to students to desist from any activities that may interfere with the ongoing investigations as well as consultations with the Council” she said.

Relatives of the student popularly known as ‘Kidero’  are yet to come to terms with the untimely death.

The IG who also responding to questions on security matters from the public under the hashtag #AskBoinnet defended the police force from accusations of using excessive force.

He said the police only react to Kenyans who do not follow the law and that the key mandate of the police was to enforce the law and they were just doing their job.

“I don’t feel discouraged when am criticized Kenya is Democratic country. If anyone is not happy with the way we enforce the law it is up to them. We don’t enforce the law to be popular, it is a duty”, he added we follow the law as it is and we have no preferences at all.

On the killing of three teachers in Wajir by terrorists, the police boss said they have arrested one suspect and the manhunt for two others was ongoing.

He further assured Kenyans that security along the borders had been tightened and that the officers were on top of security matters to ensure Kenyans are safe.

“We have increased the number of specialised units in vulnerable areas.  We have made progress in fighting insecurity. As a country we are safe apart from few challenges we are tackling like terrorism, banditry and petty crimes. 100pc security does not exist anywhere in the world” he stated.

He also emphasized government’s commitment to improve police welfare by building more houses and improving training to create a world class police service for Kenyans.


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