, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 6 – The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has called for legal action against police officers who allegedly violated fundamental rights of University of Nairobi students following a violent protest over SONU elections.
LSK President Isaac Okero says the police officers committed both criminal and disciplinary offence citing a video showing the university students being whipped by GSU officers using clubs.
“A video clip said to have been taken at the time depicts the police officers brutalizing students who appear subdued and forced to lie on the ground,” he said.
A probe is already ongoing to ascertain the authenticity of the video after reports emerged that it could have been shot in 2008.
The LSK President said that there, “is no justification for the unlawful use of force upon subdued students as depicted in the video clips.”
“The Inspector General of the National Police Force owes the students, their families and members of the public explanation and an apology.”
Okero said that the constitutional right to assemble, demonstrate and picket as enshrined in Article 37 of the Constitution, “must be exercised by persons who are peaceable and unarmed.”
Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome on his part says his officers acted professionally when students turned violent and started stoning motorists after torching the union leaders’ offices.
“The media was there during the protest. Who would attempt that (use of brute force) in our current Kenya? ” he wondered.
“Someone is out there to discourage my officers so that they relent on their efforts and let the goons get to CBD and cause chaos. We will not allow that to happen.”