Picture caption: IPOA Board, members of the National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security and Workshop facilitators pose for a group photo.

Towards executing its mandate in a professional manner, within legal frameworks and guidelines, the IPOA Board has been undergoing an induction programme for the past few weeks. Last week, the Board attended a 5-day training on Corporate Governance in Machakos County. This week, a workshop on human rights has kicked off in Naivasha, Nakuru County. 

In attendance are representatives from the National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security led by the Committee’s Chairman Hon. Paul Koinange, representatives from the University of Nairobi, the University of Pretoria, the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, and the Centre for Human Rights Implementation and Policy Studies.           

Opening the workshop this morning, IPOA Chairperson Mrs. Anne Makori reiterated the importance of human rights in policing, saying, “Human rights is an area which is fundamental to the work of the Authority. Pursuant to Section 22 of IPOA Act, the Board is required to ensure that all Board members and staff are adequately trained for their respective positions.” The rest of the staff have already been trained in fulfilment of this obligation.

She further said that her Board is committed to safeguarding human rights particularly of those who come in contact with the Police in the course of their work. “Human rights are the basic entitlements one has as a person. Everyone is entitled to life. However quite often we hear of shootings; whether of criminals, during wars, when in disputes, during unresolved conflicts, around misunderstandings and differences among many other causes.”

The Chairperson added, “to IPOA, policing work should always be taken as an approach on promotion and protection of human rights of the police officers as well as all Kenyans. This is why the oversight mechanism exists and should always add value to policing.” 

Other Commissioners present at the training are Vice Chairperson Jonathan Ltipalei Lodompui, Dr. Jimmy Mwithi, Ms. Fatuma Mohamud, Dr. Walter Owen Ogony, Hon. Murithi Waiganjo, Ms. Doreen Muthaura and Ms. Praxedes Tororey. Also in attendance is IPOA CEO Maina Njoroge.

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