, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 – A human right organization has lauded the High Court ruling sentencing a police officer accused of maliciously killing a man in Githurai for fifteen years.
According to Amnesty International, this was victory not just for the victim and his family but also for the overall fight against extrajudicial executions.
In a statement, the Organisation’s Executive Director Houghton Irũngũ says the arrest, conviction and sentencing today demonstrates that the Police Service, Director of Public Prosecutions, Independent Police Oversight Authority and the Judiciary can work together bring an end to the illegal killings.
“The National Police Service Act makes express provisions regarding self-defense by police officers and the use of force and the use of fire arm,” he said.
“A police officer must resort to non-violent means as the first option and only force only when non-violent means are ineffective. The force must be proportional to the objective to be achieved, the seriousness of the offence and the level of resistance and still only to the extent necessary.”
He observed that the sentencing comes at a time when there are several allegations against the police and pending cases on extrajudicial executions.
“May Titus Ngamau Musila’s case serve as an example to other police officers to understand the value of life and the essence of following due process as mandated by law,” he stated.
He further consoled the family of the late Kenneth Kinani Mwangi and appreciates them for being steadfast in seeking justice for their son and brother.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has said that he will be seeking to appeal the sentence given to the officer with a view to file an appeal.
Boinnet said he is currently studying the sentence given so that he can file an application.
Musila was accused of maliciously and intentionally killed a man in Githurai and the case was proved beyond reasonable doubt.
He shot to limelight after hundreds of residents took to the streets to protest his arrest.