, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5 – Police have launched a probe in a bid to establish the authenticity of video circulating on social media, where GSU officers are seen clobbering University of Nairobi (UoN) students using clubs.
This is after claims emerged that the video was shot in 2008 during the Post Election Violence.
Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome told journalists his officers acted professionally this week 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.”
In the video, the students are seen lying on the ground being whipped by several police officers armed with clubs.
He said officers were this week only involved in restoring law and order following the violent protest that ensued immediately after the students torched the union leaders’ offices.
Koome cautioned that police, “will not watch as a few students destroy property or even hurt their colleagues.”
He called for evidence linking the officers to violence or any other act that could have infringed on the student rights.
“No one is above the law,” he stated.
Police have been engaging the aggrieved students since Sunday following their elections that they claim were marred by irregularities.
Owino however maintains that he won fairly and there was no foul play in the polls.