Hu­man-rights group, watch­dog to probe po­lice bru­tal­ity against stu­dents

The East African - - NEWS -

NAIROBI: Kenya’s In­de­pen­dent Polic­ing Over­sight Author­ity (IPOA) and the Kenya Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion launched in­ves­ti­ga­tions into po­lice bru­tal­ity against Univer­sity of Nairobi stu­dents. Videos show­ing po­lice of­fi­cers clob­ber­ing stu­dents at their hos­tels emerged on so­cial me­dia last week on Thurs­day. IPOA said it had dis­patched a Rapid Re­sponse unit to probe the at­tack on stu­dents dur­ing demon­stra­tions for the re­lease of Em­bakasi East MP Babu Owino. The leg­is­la­tor — a for­mer stu­dent leader at the univer­sity — was ar­rested on charges of as­sault, sub­ver­sion, and ut­ter­ing abu­sive words against Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta. He was later re­leased.

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