HRW urges govt to punish errant police officers

HRW urges govt to punish errant police officers

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,22ND NOV 2017-The government has been urged to ensure police officers accused of using excessive force during the election period are prosecuted.

According to the Human rights Watch an international watch dog there was an urgent need  to commence investigations into allegations of police officers having used excessive force on civilians leading to deaths and injuries.The call was made on Wednesday by Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch Otsieno Namwaya .

Namwaya has also called on the  the director of public prosecution,independent police oversight Authority IPOA and NCIC among others  to investigate scores of deaths that occurred during mass protests in the recent past.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government officials should condemn ongoing killings and ensure that there are thorough and independent investigations into such killings and the role of any armed groups in the violence,” he said.

This comes just weeks after  Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International documented at least 67 killings, most by gunshot, during protests by opposition supporters after the electoral commission declared Kenyatta the winner of the August 8 election.

The Organization says  that a series of protests and clashes between police and opposition supporters began on November 17, 2017, at the Nairobi airport where supporters of the opposition leader Raila Odinga escorted him to the town center.

They pointed out that media reports said unidentified gunmen shot at Mr Odinga’s car and either shot or beat to death dozens of people.

“The protests and clashes continued in opposition strongholds in Nairobi and western Kenya following the Supreme Court decision on November 20 affirming President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election,” said their statement.

The organization further revealed that the latest round of violence started after the authorities deployed police who used teargas and water cannons to disperse pro  Odinga surpporters.

 

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