, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 5 – Civil society organizations under the umbrella of ‘Mwamko Mpya Uongozi Bora’ are calling for justice for the more than 20 Administration Police Officers killed in Kapedo, Turkana County at the weekend.
In a show of solidarity with the slain officers, the Non-Governmental Organisations marched to honour the fallen heroes saying the perpetrators must be brought to book.
“We stand here today to honour these fallen heroes and condemn in the strongest terms the barbaric acts of impunity that are only akin to what can be witnessed in a banana republic. The blood of our young sons and brothers must not go unpunished!” they declared.
The groups called for establishment of a fund to cater for the families of officers killed in the line of duty as most were young men and women who were just establishing their lives.
“The government should set up a fund to support the families of the bereaved and also provide specialised hospital facility and air rescue services for the injured police officers,” Matungulu MP Stephen Mule, a member of the Kenya Parliamentary Human Rights Association said.
Speaking on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Fred Mwei said the service has made arrangements to ensure the slain officers get a decent send-off.
“We have made elaborate arrangements on the undertaking of the last rites of the officers. We also have arrangements for how they will be transported to their final resting places; we will be receiving the officers on the days the families have confirmed to us,” Mwei said.
While lauding the police for the efforts they have made to bring peace and stability in the country, the civil society groups called on Kenyans of goodwill to stand with the families of the bereaved, further urging them to volunteer information to help the police fight crime and prevent more deaths.
“We further urge all Kenyans to collectively stand in solidarity with our brothers and condemn in the strongest terms possible the violence meted against our Kenyan police. The police are also Kenyan citizens with the right to be protected as any other citizen,” said Ken Obura (Kibra MP) also a member of the Kenya Parliamentary Human Rights Association.
The group also demanded the full implementation of constitutional and other legal provisions on the security sector in Kenya with emphasis on the Kenya Police Service.
They also implored President Uhuru Kenyatta to live by the pledge he made during his inauguration where he promised to would work and support the police to fight criminals, cattle rustlers, drug barons and agents of terror.