Mu­mias res­i­dents are be­ing ar­rested as they report GSU bru­tal­ity, says IMLU

In­de­pen­dent Medico-Le­gal Unit says pre­lim­i­nary re­ports show vic­tims are be­ing in­tim­i­dated when they visit Mu­mias po­lice sta­tion. Terms op­er­a­tion brutish, care­less

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Res­i­dents who say they were beaten up by GSU of­fi­cers in Mu­mias town are be­ing in­tim­i­dated and ar­rested when they go to report the cases at lo­cal po­lice sta­tions, a lobby group has said.

GSU and po­lice of­fi­cers were de­ployed to search for guns stolen, when a gang raided the Booker po­lice post last week.

The In­de­pen­dent Medico-Le­gal Unit said on Mon­day the op­er­a­tion in Shivale, Koy­onzo and May­oni vil­lages was “brutish, shame­less and care­less”.

IMLU said pre­lim­i­nary re­ports show some of the vic­tims are be­ing ar­rested when they try to report their tribu­la­tions at the Mu­mias po­lice sta­tion.

It said the op­er­a­tion led to the tragic death of one per­son, and women were sex­u­ally as­saulted.

IMLU said tens of res­i­dents were in­jured and prop­erty looted and de­stroyed. Last week, GSU of­fi­cers pulled out of the op­er­a­tion af­ter res­i­dents and lead­ers com­plained about ha­rass­ment and ex­ces­sive force. But se­cu­rity forces said the team was with­drawn af­ter ac­com­plish­ing its mis­sion.

140 BUL­LETS

The op­er­a­tion in Mu­mias West, Mu­mias East and Matungu con­stituen­cies aimed to re­cover seven Ger­man-made G3 ri­fles and 140 bul­lets.

Mu­mias East MP Ben­jamin Washiali and for­mer ODM youth leader Rashid Mo­hammed said on Sun­day of­fi­cers con­trib­ute to se­cu­rity lapses and vi­o­lence. They said cases of res­i­dents be­ing killed by the po­lice are ram­pant in Bu­sia, Bun­goma and Kakamega.

In a press state­ment, IMLU said the op­er­a­tion was a com­plete vi­o­la­tion of Ar­ti­cle 28 of the Con­sti­tu­tion on hu­man dig­nity. The law says ev­ery per­son has in­her­ent dig­nity and the right to have that dig­nity re­spected and pro­tected.

“We call for the im­me­di­ate in­ter­dic­tion of the of­fi­cer in charge of this op­er­a­tion and all other of­fi­cers in the con­tin­gent who were in­volved,” IMLU, through its ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Peter Kiama, said.

He said the gov­ern­ment should take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the med­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of all vic­tims. Kiama said In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Joseph Boin­net should is­sue a pub­lic apol­ogy to vic­tims and res­i­dents of the three vil­lages for “these breaches of their dig­nity, safety and se­cu­rity”.

“In the mean­time IMLU will con­clude and pro­duce the le­gal, psy­cho­log­i­cal and med­i­cal ev­i­dence to en­sure ac­count­abil­ity and jus­tice for all af­fected,” he said.

/COR­NELIUS MWAU

Booker po­lice post in Mu­mias, where seven G3 ri­fles were stolen

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