NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 – An Administration Police officer on Wednesday night shot dead two of his colleagues in Baringo County, in unclear circumstances.
Another officer is receiving treatment at the Marigat sub-county hospital for the injuries he sustained from the gunshots.
Police, according to a report seen by Capital FM News, are yet to establish the circumstances that led to the killings in yet another case of an AP officer killing his colleagues.
The officer is still at large.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet is yet to make public a task force report on such killings that have been linked to poor working conditions, trauma among other reasons.
The disharmony between junior officers and their seniors has also been identified as a contributory factor to the worrying trend.
On February 22, an Administration Police officer shot dead his colleague and injured another one before killing himself in Embakasi’s Tassia area, within Nairobi County.
On December 4, 2016, a Police officer on Saturday night shot his wife – who was also a member of the service – dead in Tharaka Nithi.
Available statistics show that up to three police officers are shot and injured or killed by their colleagues every month, raising serious concerns in the country.
On July 14, 2016, an officer went on a shooting spree killing six colleagues during a day-long siege at Kapenguria Police Station.
He also shot and killed a Recce Squad officer who was among an elite team that stormed the station on a rescue mission that eliminated him.
There are also cases where Police officers have shot themselves dead, an example being at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where a female Police officer Gaudencia Wausi Muinde killed herself in the toilet using a pistol.
Postings on her Facebook page prior to the incident showed that she was frustrated and had alluded to taking her own life.
A senior Police officer aware of recommendations in the enquiry report on police shootings of colleagues told Capital FM News that poor working conditions, low pay and low morale is to blame for most of the cases.