NPSC to discipline rogue police officers
07 March 2016, 15:12
Vihiga - Police officers who shoot and kill persons demonstrating peacefully will be disciplined by the National Police Service Commission.
The Commission chairperson, Johnstone Kavuludi said they will not allow rogue police officers to continue endangering people’s lives.
“We are not going to depend on Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) for investigations and report while it is clear that a particular officer has shot an innocent person and killed them in the process,” Kavuludi said.
Last month, one person was shot dead and two others seriously injured after officers from Kilingili police post in Sabatia, Vihiga County, engaged boda boda youths who were demonstrating.
Victor Enonda, 30, lost his life after inspector Omolo Odera shot him.
The youths complained that police at the station have been terrorising motorbike operators virtually every day.
The incident elicited bad blood between the youths and police with the youths vowing to attack the station and burn it down if the officer was not transferred.
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Vihiga Speaker Dan Chitwah had indicated that he took the bullet used to IPOA for investigations.
But Kavuludi said the officer will not be seen in the region again as instant action was going to be undertaken regardless of IPOA’s investigations.
“Disciplinary action for officers lies with the police commission. The officer will not be seen here again. If someone wants to go to court for other reasons, let him go,” Kavuludi said.
He said it was the duty of police officers to protect the people at all times and if they have mistakes, the constitution provides for them to be arrested and charged accordingly.
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Last week, Senator George Khaniri tabled a statement in the Senate inquiring into the matter.
“I want the officer who shot the motorcyclist to be arrested or I will lead a demonstration to the police station to demand for it,” said Khaniri while addressing mourners at a funeral at Ivola primary school.
Khaniri said the constitution allows for peaceful demonstrations and it was against the law for police to come in and shoot youths who are merely exercising their democratic right.
Sabatia MP, Alfred Agoi said he was following up the matter keenly and had dialogued with the youths to ensure calmness as he engaged senior officers regarding the transfer and probable prosecution of the officer.
Kavuludi further asked youths from the region to come out in large numbers and join the police service when the exercise commences later this month.
He urged them to shun bribing senior officers so that they can be considered for recruitment noting that the final decision will be made in Nairobi.
“Even if one bribes officers on the ground, it will be futile because the final decision will be made by a team of a different group of people,” he said.
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