The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has said that it has conducted investigations on six police officers who will be arrested and charged for murder and assault since the onset of curfew in Kenya.
According to recent data, since the government announced the curfew in efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, 15 Kenyans have died in the hands of police officers while 31 others are still nursing serious injuries from assaults or gunshots from the law enforcers.
Some Kenyans are even out there suffering in silence with the assaulters walking scot-free in the streets in the name of maintaining law and order; this is nonsense if the lives of humans are not treated with respect.
On Thursday, 4, 2020 IPOA said that six officers have been found guilty of shooting and killing of some members of the public while enforcing the 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.
“Following investigations by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority and upon an independent review of the case files by the Director of Public Prosecutions, six officers will be arrested and arraigned for various serious offenses,” said IPOA chairperson Anne Makori.
Administration Police Officer Lotugh Angórita, who will be charged for murdering a high School teacher Miss Colleta Amondi Auta at Usigu market in Siaya County.
Four officers Festus Kiptoo Saina, Boniface Wambura Chacha, Joseph Mwaniki, and Nashaon Adera will be charged for assaulting and causing grave harm to Abdi Ibrahim Noor in Garissa County.
The other officer is Duncan Ndiema who will be charged for shooting and killing a 13-year old boy Yassin Hussein Moyo who did nothing but stood at their house’s balcony during the curfew hours.
The IPOA chairperson said the agency has enough evidence to prosecute the officer involved in the court.
The boy was shot while at the balcony of his parent’s home in Kiamaiko, Nairobi on March 30, 2020. The ODPP noted that the evidence is sufficient to sustain trials in courts of law”.
All cases of murder and assaults are currently on different investigation cases with Makori urging victims to report any case to IPOA for further actions.
The Kenya police should man-up and treat civilians with respect if they want a harmonious relationship or else the animosity between the two would spark violence like those currently seen in the US.