BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,1ST NOV 2017-Local human rights organization IMLU says police killed More than 36 people since August 11, when the results of the Elections were announced.
According to the announcement made on Wednesday in Nairobi IMLU says 23 people died following the August Elections and another 13, before, during and after the repeat elections done on October 26.
It further notes that there was evidence that the police responded to riots using indiscriminate force with no chance for other models of policing, especially in opposition strongholds.
IMLU said it had recorded grievous violations of human rights committed by the National Police Service during the elections period.
Executive Director Peter Kiama also questioned the coordination in the security forces, saying that many areas received newly deployed police officers without the knowledge of the officers in charge of the division.
“Residents in many neighbourhoods in opposition strongholds hailed the local police for their restraint and blamed ‘strangers’ for the excessive use of force,” Mr Kiama said.
He said that there was a legitimate need to examine the command structure in situations where the local officer commanding station or the county commander receives extra or specialised officers to beef up capacity.
“This begged the question: is the local police boss in charge in such situations or do the surge officers receive instructions from their unit bosses or are they on their own?” Mr Kiama posed.
The organisation revealed that it had, with the consents of the victims’ families, conducted post mortem on the bodies of those who were killed, and established that some people were shot without necessarily having posed a threat to the police officers.
Out of the people who lost their lives after the initial elections, according to IMLU, seven had gunshot wounds to the chest, two had them on the upper limb and one had a gunshot wound on the head. Two other persons were shot from the behind.
“Going by the postmortem reports, there is no clear demonstration that police were shooting to defend their lives or the lives of others.
“In two cases where police indicated in P23 forms that they were shooting to save their lives from the attackers, the supposed attackers were shot from the back, indicating little chances that they were confronting police with machetes,” Mr Kiama said.Some of cases listed by the loby group included that of baby Samantha pendo who was sis month old , Stephanie Moraa Nyarangi and other high school students who were not involved in any form of riot.