, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9- Police on Tuesday denied the existence of a special unit within the National Police Service whose purpose is to conduct extra judicial killings, in a reaction to an investigative documentary aired by Al Jazeera.
Administration police spokesperson Masoud Mwinyi said on Tuesday that all police officers are trained to perform their duties as per the law.
Mwinyi told a press conference that in case an officer breached the set standards, there are organs formed to deal with such cases which include the Internal Affairs Unit and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority for necessary action.
“The National Police Service (NPS) operates within the framework of the Constitution of Kenya and the National Police Service Act. As the NPS undertakes its mandate, one key element that should not be lost on it, and has not been lost is the strict observance of human rights and dignity of each and every individual, criminal or otherwise,” he affirmed.
Mwinyi challenged the international media house to furnish authorities with evidence on the allegations, so that appropriate actions can be taken.
He however termed airing of the documentary as irresponsible journalism before counterchecking its authenticity.
“It is therefore misleading to publish any information to the effect that National Police Service officers are engaged in such acts. We believe it is irresponsible journalism for a media house to post or air information before counterchecking its authenticity,” he stated.
“We encourage all media houses to confirm stories touching on sensitive security issues before publishing or airing the same for public consumption.”
The documentary shows alleged police officers of a killer squad testify of their mandate in eliminating a certain group of people who include Muslim radicals.