IPOA condemns GSU attack on journalists
21 April 2015, 11:38
Bungoma - The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) has condemned General Service Unit (GSU) officers who brutally attacked and injured journalists in Malindi over the weekend.
Ipoa Chief Executive Officer, Joel Mabonga said that even though they have not received any complaints from the affected journalists, they have dispatched their officers to investigate the issue so that disciplinary action can be taken against the perpetrators.
“As an Authority, we have already initiated our own independent investigation to understand the root cause of the beatings that inflicted injuries on the members of the press who were on duty," said Mabonga.
Mabonga was addressing the press at Kanduyi Stadium during the police recruitment on Monday.
“It was barbaric and inhuman for the officers to beat the scribes who were doing their job. They were not employed to beat innocent people but to ensure their safety,” he said.
He said that if the officers are found culpable of the offence, stern action will be taken against them.
NTV’s Cameraman Nehemiah Okwemba and Reuben Ogonda of Citizen TV were attacked by police officers from the General Service unit and are hospitalized at Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa under critical condition.
The press men were following up on a story alleging that the GSU officers were holding over 500 heads of cattle belonging to locals that had trespassed into the Agricultural Development Cooperation at Galana/Kalulu ranch in Tana River County.
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Mabonga said that the police officers used excessive force on innocent journalists.
“We will recommend necessary action once we are through with our investigation because the culprits are from a disciplined force but they abused the privilege given to them to hurt the scribes,” he said.
Meanwhile, 25 police recruits were recruited in Kanduyi Monday, with Superintend of Police Julius Nguli and Isaac Ruto saying that the exercise was free and fair.
“Out of the 25, 21 were men while 4 were women. Nine men and three ladies joined the regular police service while twelve men and one lady joined the Administration police service,” said Nguli.
Mabonga said that no incident of corruption was witnessed during the whole exercise.
Many youths turned up in large numbers to try their luck in joining the disciplined forces.
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