The independent Policing Oversight Authority convened a virtual meeting with key players in the media as part of activities to mark 10 years since the promulgation of the Kenya Constitution.
During the meeting convened by Chairperson Mrs. Anne Makori the participants discussed the scorecard of policing in Kenya especially gauging by the aspirations of the Constitution 2010 .
According to the Constitution, the Government is based on values of human rights, equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of law and all State organs are obliged to observe, respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights and fundamental freedoms of all.
To ensure that rights for all are realized, the Constitution envisages enactment of legislations that establish the vehicles that these agenda, for instance, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority Act.
Mrs. Makori noted: “The Authority is mandated by the said provisions to take all reasonable steps to facilitate access to the Authority’s services for the public.”
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the engagement took place via Webinar.
Commissioner Dr. Walter Ogony and Hon. JM Waiganjo were the presenter and moderator respectively.
As the Constitution marks the tenth anniversary The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and eight human rights organisations commissioned a scorecard to understand the level of awareness, perceptions, attitudes and experiences of Kenyans on the implementation of the 2010 constitution.
It established that the most common violations of human rights are acts of police brutality at forty-nine (49) percent.