PS defends police against claims of excessive force
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.