IPOA to investigate claims of assault on University students

Written By: Hunja Macharia

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The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched investigations into allegations of police brutality meted at JKUAT students on Monday.

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The Authority has dispatched its Rapid Response Unit to investigate the claims with a view of unraveling the facts and to hold accountable any culpable Officers.

In a statement, IPOA says it will investigate the allegations of use of force, use of firearms and any other misconduct by the Police Officers.

The Authority expressed its disappointment towards the unprofessional manner in which police officers handled the matter.

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IPOA has also raised the matter with the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i who has pledged to support the investigations and recommendations.

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In view of this, the Authority has appealed to eye witnesses to provide any related information to its investigating officers.

According to IPOA, members of the National Police Service were caught on camera assaulting students from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

The students had blocked the Thika Superhighway in protest against crime and insecurity around the university when they were allegedly assaulted.

IPOA which is mandated to hold the police accountable to the public in the performance of their duties has assured that the investigations will be impartial fair and independent and no one will be victimized.

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Through a tweet, Interior and Coordination of National Government CS Matiangi said that he had observed the events at JKUAT with profound concern.

“I have spoken to the IG and we both agree that firm and decisive action shall be taken against any officer who used excessive force, within the next 24 hours,” said Matiangi.

Following Monday’s incident, the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has directed the Internal Affairs Unit to investigate its officer’s filmed using excessive force and make recommendations within 24 hours.

“Our attention has been drawn to a video clip circulating on social media of officers applying what appears to be excessive force on a JKUAT student,” read a statement from IG Mutyambai.

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Mutyambai said that police action should never be punitive and should instead focus on maintenance of law and order and processing offenders to court.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) welcomed the Inspector General’s promised action on police officers found culpable in the despicable act.

“The Commission demands the same to expedited and justice be served. The Commission further reiterates that any human rights violation or abuse in the context of managing assemblies by the Kenya Police officers must be investigated promptly, thoroughly and impartially.”






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