IPOA launch investigations into police brutality at City Hall

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched investigations into assault of Nairobi’s Mlango Kubwa Member of County Assembly Patricia Mutheu by police officers at City Hall. 

“The authority has contacted some of the people who were present during the chaos that unfolded at the County Assembly of Nairobi on Tuesday,” said IPOA chairperson Anne Makori.

The police oversight authority said that in its enquiry it will seek to establish the role played by police officers who were deployed at the premise during the fracas in which at least one case of injury to the said MCA.

“Whenever law enforcers apply force in quelling situations, they shall always ensure it is proportionate in accordance with the law and any excessive use of it is condemned and attracts stiff penalties,” she added.

Earlier, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) condemned the violence that was witnessed at Nairobi County Assembly by the national police service.

ICJ urged Inspector of General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to hold to account all police officers caught on video brutalizing the lawmakers.

Chaos erupted at the County Assembly of Nairobi after a section of MCAs attempted to serve Speaker Beatrice Elachi with an impeachment notice.

The MCAs accused Speaker Elachi of abuse of office and exercising divisive leadership.

The MCAs also wanted to serve Elachi with a court order suspending the appointment of Edward Gichana as the clerk of the Assembly.

Over 80 MCAs had signed the impeachment notice accusing speaker Elachi of among others abuse of office and divisive leadership.

  

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