, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – The National Police Service (NPS) has instituted an internal investigation into the claims of police brutality during CORD protests on Monday to establish if any of the officers used excessive force.
This followed uproar over a video clip showing police officers chasing down a protestor and brutally beating him up even though he was down.
Speaking during a press conference, National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti indicated that stern action will be taken against any officer found to be culpable of inflicting undue injury on Kenyans.
“The Inspector General has just assured the entire nation that action is going to be taken against any officer or officers involved in any misconduct during yesterday’s demonstrations. Already, the team to do this has already been formed,” he said.
His sentiments came even as reports indicate that one of the people beaten up by police during the protests has succumbed to his injuries.
“The Inspector General has already instituted an investigation. It is the investigations which are going to identify the officers involved in the crime and then action will be taken against them,” Kinoti stated.
In the meantime, protests over the brutality by the police officers continue to stream in with Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero stating that such action will have a negative impact on investments within the City.
According to Kidero, such violence undermines the gains made by Nairobi as the city to invest, work and live in.
He indicated that investors thrive in an environment where they have confidence that the rule of law will be upheld and their property will not be looted or destroyed.
The actions were also condemned by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights which stated that police must respect human rights while engaging the protestors, more so now that the country is headed to an electoral year.
Chairperson Kagwira Mbogori has asked all the victims of police brutality to file complaints with the commission and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority for a legal measure to be taken against the involved officers.
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority has also launched a probe in a bid to identify police officers said to have infringed on CORD protestors human rights.