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Shoot to kill order unlawful: Kimaiyo

28 March 2014, 15:20 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has said that the shoot to kill order in Mombasa is unlawful and should not be implemented.

Speaking Friday in Nairobi, Kimaiyo said that the order violated the constitution and thus should not be applied anywhere.

" It is unlawful under the constitution to implement shoot to kill orders, he said during a Q and A session with members of the Editor's guild.

There has been controversy in Mombasa over a shoot to kill order by the county commander Nelson Marwa on individuals suspected to be behind last weekend's church attack in Likoni which left six people dead.

Marwa ordered police in the county to fire at will when confronted by the criminals but the remark was rebuked by several civil rights organizations.

Kimaiyo stressed that the police will only shoot if absolutely necessary.

" We only shoot when of the utmost importance and we all know that. We are trained with that in mind, he added.

He did also add that the police are doing their best to curb incidences of crime in the country, which have grown to unsustainable levels in recent months.

" We are doing our best. You know that we are working to improve the situation and we are confident we will get on top of it.

On the role of the media in fighting security, Kimaiyo urged the press to embrace good and level headed reporting.

" the media should help the police fight insecurity and not the other way round. We must look to institute cooperation at all levels to help fight insecurity.

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