COVID-19 CURFEW ENFORCEMENT; IPOA GETS MULTI-AGENCY SUPPORT

COVID-19 CURFEW ENFORCEMENT; IPOA GETS MULTI-AGENCY SUPPORT
IPOA chairperson Anne Makori briefs journalists on the outcomes of a multi-agency meeting convened to address police brutality during enforcement of new security regulations following the covid-19 pandemic.

BY IPOA News


Multiple agencies have renewed their support to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority to ensure brutal police officers are brought to book, especially during enforcement of the curfew occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Led by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred Matinag’i, the State and non-State agencies noted support for IPOA would help in maintaining discipline in the National Police Service.


“We had very candid discussions and we all committed our energies to policing efforts. This is a multi-agency approach whereby we shall continue having consultations, cooperation and collaboration with all actors,” said Dr. Matiang’i.


The meeting held at the Kenya School of Government, Nairobi, brought together Interior ministry officials, IPOA Board, the National Police Service Commission, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney General, National Police Service and 20 Human Rights Organisations.


Speaking at the meeting, IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori warned that errant police officers would be held responsible individually.


“Despite the challenges posed by the new security regulations meant to curb spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, IPOA has continued to receive complaints. All our investigations will be impartial and independent and we shall address all cases of police brutality and excesses,” she said.

Interior Principal Secretary Dr. Karanja Kibicho addresses journalists after the meeting.


One of the resolutions of the meeting was to have IPOA and KNCHR included in the gazette notice that lists institutions that offer essential services with the aim of easing constraints in service delivery during the curfew hours as well facilitate movement in areas under lockdown.

IG Hillary Mutyambai makes remarks after the meeting.


DPP Noordin Haji revealed that he had received 171 case files from IPOA and had sent more than 80 of them to court for prosecutions.


Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai said NPS does not condone rogue behavior and action must be taken against officers who operate outside the provisions of the law.
Attorney General Kihara Kariuki said his office would ensure that “rule of law” prevails.