Increasing attacks on policemen ‘worrying’

August 16, 2013 3:38 pm
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The latest incident was on Thursday in Nakuru where Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri allegedly assaulted a female traffic police officer/FILE
The latest incident was on Thursday in Nakuru where Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri allegedly assaulted a female traffic police officer/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 – The National Police Service has raised concern over the recent attacks on police officers, with spokesperson Gatiria Mboroki saying such incidences are on “a worrying increase.”

The latest incident was on Thursday in Nakuru where Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri allegedly assaulted a female traffic police officer.

“On August 15 a traffic police was attacked not by rowdy youth but by a respectable person in the society. The police officer was in her line of duty controlling traffic and the legislator had no basis for the attacks,” said Mboroki.

The MP was charged on Friday. He denied the charge and was released on bond.

Mboroki also quoted an attack on a policeman in Kisumu where rowdy youths beat the officer and left him for dead after he allegedly knocked a pedestrian earlier this week.

The spokeswoman said acts of violence go against the spirit of the Constitution which guarantees that each person has an equal right to protection and benefit of the law.

Mboroki added that police have been restraining themselves in using their firearms in self defence but she complained that members of the public seem to be taking advantage.

“Members of the public need to appreciate that in the recent past, Police officers have been restraining themselves to an extent they are now the victims of attack and there is need to uphold the dignity of the police by members of the public collaborating with police and not turning on them,” she said.

She noted that cases of mob justice have been on the rise saying the public should not take the law into their own hands.

“Since the beginning of the year, police records indicate that 335 cases of mob justice have been reported and majority of the cases fatal,” explained Mboroki.

Human rights groups have however been accusing police officers of misusing their powers.

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