PS de­fends po­lice against claims of ex­ces­sive force

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY SAM KI­PLA­GAT

In­te­rior PS Karanja Kibi­cho has de­fended the po­lice against ac­cu­sa­tions that they used ex­ces­sive force to quell ri­ots in parts of the coun­try be­fore and dur­ing the re­peat poll.

In an af­fi­davit filed in court op­pos­ing two pe­ti­tions, Dr Kibi­cho said de­spite ex­treme acts of provo­ca­tion by the demon­stra­tors, the of­fi­cers con­ducted them­selves with ad­mirable deco­rum, high sense of civic duty and re­straint.

“In cir­cum­stances where the po­lice were re­quired to quell vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions, they did so us­ing ap­pro­pri­ate, pro­por­tion­ate and rea­son­able force as pro­vided for in the law and in fidelity to their oath of of­fice,” he said.

The PS noted that it was re­gret­table that 13 peo­ple lost their lives as po­lice bat­tled ri­ot­ing groups.

Pe­ti­tion­ers Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khal­ifa al­lege in the case that the po­lice un­leashed ter­ror in ar­eas per­ceived to be Nasa strongholds, to pre­vent them from vot­ing.

Dr Kibi­cho (right) also dis­missed claims that Ju­bilee hired a group known as Nairobi busi­ness com­mu­nity to counter Nasa demon­stra­tors.

He said al­le­ga­tions that men sup­port­ing Ju­bilee Party were seen in Nairobi and other parts of the coun­try dressed in mil­i­tary and po­lice uni­forms were un­true.

“There is no ev­i­dence pro­vided in sup­port of the claims of the pur­ported vi­o­lence, killings, rape and other atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by per­sons al­legedly dressed in mil­i­tary and po­lice uni­forms and car­ry­ing both guns and ma­chetes,” he said.

On the al­leged with­drawal of se­cu­rity to Nasa lead­ers Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, Dr Kibi­cho said that the two lead­ers con­tinue en­joy­ing State se­cu­rity as per the Re­tire­ment Ben­e­fits (Deputy Pres­i­dent and Des­ig­nated State Of­fi­cers) law. “It is, there­fore, not fac­tual that they have at any one time been de­nied State se­cu­rity,” he said.

The PS also de­fended act­ing In­te­rior CS Fred Ma­tiang’i’s de­ci­sion to gazette pub­lic hol­i­days ahead of the re­peat poll say­ing he acted rea­son­ably.

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