Kenyans living in London finger police over brutal arrest of social media activist.
Kenyans living in London want the National Police Service leadership to hold to account the officers responsible for the violent arrest of activist Mildred Atieno Owino.
Through the ODM London Chapter office, they also want the charges against Atieno dropped, an internal inquiry launched and the service to compensate Atieno for the destruction occasioned in the course of the arrest.
Chairman of ODM London Chapter Kivindyo Ndivo said the rogue behaviour displayed by the officers and the continued indifference of those who should care is rapidly eroding public confidence in the service.
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“We expect that the Inspector General of Police, Hilary Mutyambai will urgently address the observable failings in the Police Service and reassure the general Public of their collective and individual safety, guaranteed by a Police Service abiding by the Constitution and following the law in all its operations,” he said in a statement from London.
In the statement also signed by Vice-Chair of the group George Osore, the officials said they were concerned at the manner and frequency with which police are in Kenya are being fingered for breaking the law.
From the use of excessive force, solicitation of bribes, extortion or abuse and disregard of fundamental human rights of people under their charge, they are frequently being called out for openly criminal behaviour.
“The one that beats them all was captured in the arrest of Atieno: A Kenyan, a woman calling for help. Not calling the police to come to her help but calling fellow citizens of good conscience to come to her help against the Police,” they said.
In their assessment, the arrest of Atieno was not motivated by the desire to enforce the law or indeed a commitment to the rule of law but meant to break her resolve and that of others like her with the penchant to hold the police to account.
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“The purpose of Mildred’s arrest was to forestall any administrative action that could, indeed should be instituted against the Officer recorded by Mildred on Thursday for the omissions and commissions she called him out on,” they said.
They called on Kenyan police to uphold human rights as well as the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) to hold the service to account for all flagrant breaches of the same.
They said as active citizens of Kenya, they are taking advantage of every advancement in technology to “observe, note and discuss among ourselves here the good, the bad and the out-rightly despicable.”
“We are organized as the ODM London Branch and have only the best intention for our country and countrymen. As the informal representatives of Kenya and Kenyan abroad, we are concerned about the image of our country.”