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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,6TH NOV 2019-The government is committed in assisting Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) achieve its goal of providing civilian oversight on the police service.This assuarance has been given by interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi.
Matiangi who spoke on Wednesday during the launch of the authority’s 2019 – 2024 Strategic Plan, stated that this will help entrench accountability in the police service.
“We will improve the security sector and improve our country as well,” he said.
Matiangi further acknowledged the great work IPOA is doing and urged them to help create a conducive environment for the police to discharge their duties.
“I would like to ask you help have a conducive atmosphere between the police and civilians,” he said.
The strategic plan by IPOA aims enhancing the authority’s role in conducting independent and impartial investigations, inspections, audits and monitoring of the National Police Service (NPS) to enhance professionalism and discipline within the service.
During the launch of IPOA’s strategic plan two surveys were also launched , one conducted across 36 counties, which covered 5,961 households, and another which sampled 450 randomly selected police officers (in selected police stations) across 31 counties.
Among the 5,961 households interviewed, only 28 per cent of members who confirmed having witnessed police misconduct said they had reported the same to IPOA compared to 30 per cent in 2013.
The likelihood of reporting was higher among rural populations with about a third of respondents in rural areas reporting police misconduct in 2019, compared to 20.5 per cent among the urban residents.
According to information obtained from IPOA, most of the complaints of police misconduct are received from the public, non-state actors and faith-based organizations.
The surveys also evaluated IPOA case files, police case files and court case files to assess how police conduct investigation, documentation and presented of evidence, and court decisions.
Qualitative interviews explored perceptions about police abuse of power and how reported cases.
The report came at a time when civil society actors have faulted the slow pace at which cases of police excesses have been probed by IPOA.