Police officers are under fire for using excessive force on Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) students on Monday.
This is after several videos circulated online showed police officers bludgeoning students who were protesting insecurity around the institution.
One video widely circulated video shows police officers surrounding a student as they kicked his head and chest, while one pummelled him with a hoe handle, which the force uses instead of the prescribed baton.
A second video shows a police officer demanding a hostel door be opened. When that is not done, he lobs a teargas canister inside.
The videos caused a storm on social media as Kenyans on Twitter formed hashtags, #JKUATLivesMatter and #StopPoliceBrutality to voice their concerns, hoping that justice would be served.
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino decided to take action over the brutality displayed by the police, contacting Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and Inspector General of police Hillary Mutyambai via WhatsApp.
“Hello Sir, look at how our officers beat up a student at JKUAT. Kindly do something. You should condemn it coz they are giving the police service a bad image,” Babu texted Inspector -General Mutyambai.
Before the night ended, Matiang'i took to Twitter. “I have spoken to the IG and we both agree that firm and decisive action shall be taken against any officer who used excessive force within the next 24 hours,” he posted.
Here is a sample of reactions from Twitter users:
To those asking. Allan Omondi was released last night after our social media outcry. I spoke to his sister and I can confirm that he got medical assistance after his release. He was suffering in pain all along. #StopPoliceBrutality #jkuat #jkuatlivesmatter #KameneAndKibe — Xtian Dela™ (@xtiandela) November 12, 2019
#Jkuat Doing this to a person you should protect is reckless and unacceptable, what exactly is the work of police officer? @IPOA_KE is even worst with lots of filed cases with no convictions made. #StopPoliceBrutality #Jkuatlivesmatter #juja
pic.twitter.com/9F7HeFJ7tK — MARIGIRI???????? (@Dmarigiri_) November 12, 2019
This people will kill us today. #jkuat#DCI #juja@citizentvkenya @xtiandela @HEBabuOwino @OsamaOtero @Crazy_Nairobian @FredMatiangi pic.twitter.com/Lr5Kr6T4CL — Sirleem???? (@sirleemoti) November 11, 2019
#StopPoliceBrutality What kind of human beings have we left with the responsibility of assuring our safety?? Comrades have been a target in recent police brutality cases. We demand immediate action against the officers involved #juja #jkuatlivesmatter #jkuat — Wanjiku_Mugane (@wanjikumugane) November 12, 2019
When police jobs are given on the bases of dental nomenclature rather than brains. We end up having goons at the expense of people centered police force.
Photo| Credits ???? #StopPoliceBrutality pic.twitter.com/TlVknx0WkD — THE PAUWORLD. || ????????. (@ThePauWorld) November 12, 2019