Survey of torture indicts whole system
The National Torture Prevalence Survey 2016 released yesterday has some bad news (see story P8). Commissioned by the Independent Medico Legal Unit, it surveyed 2,400 respondents, and reports a seven per cent increase in torture of civilians by members of the National Police Service across the five-year period since the last survey.
Regular cops as the worst offenders are followed by Administration Police officers. Every level of law enforcement is featured in this frightening survey: County government officials; prison warders; Army special police squads; private militia funded by the State; the spy agency NIS; and Kenya Wildlife Service rangers
Physical and psychological torture has apparently become standard operating procedure in Kenyan law enforcement, including in the cells, homes and during arrest.
The survey does not say so, but the unsanitary police cell and prison conditions in Kenya constitute forms of both physical and mental torture.This is both intolerable and unacceptable.