BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,28TH APRIL,2022-Pangani Police Station is on the spot once again after a recently released report revealed that it has highest number of police killings in the country.
Missing Voices, a consortium of civil society organizations dedicated to end extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in Kenya documented 30 cases of police killings that they claimed are reportedly associated with Pangani Police Station in 2021 alone.
“In 2021, every month, with the exception of June, officers from Pangani are accused of murder. For the last three years, during which Missing Voices has actively tracked the data, police have killed more than 500 people,” the new report from Missing Voices revealed.
In the report, the Civil Society organizations indicated that they documented 219 cases of police killings and enforced disappearances in 2021.
“Out of these, 187 cases were of police killings, and 32 of enforced disappearances,” they said.
In 2019, the group documented 145 cases of police killings adding that 168 people were killed or disappeared in police custody in 2020.
In recent years, the Pangani cops have been on a coalition course with rights organizations and a section of Kenyans for summary execution of suspects within the city as the war against crime intensifies.
While those involved have appeared to justify their actions as aimed at curbing crime, the rights groups have taken issue with their approach for failing to give the suspects a day in court to answer to their alleged crimes.