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Keep off politics or ship out, Independent Policing Oversight Authority warns police

By Cyrus Ombati | January 26th 2016 at 08:36:19 GMT +0300

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has warned police against being partisan while on duty.

IPOA Chairman Macharia Njeru said he had received complaints from the public and various institutions regarding alleged police partiality in matters politics.

"We restate the clear constitutional provisions under Article 239 (3), which provides in unambiguous terms, that in performing their functions and exercising their powers, the national security organs and every member of the national security organs shall not act in a partisan manner, further any interest of a political party or cause or prejudice a political interest or political cause that is legitimate under the constitution," he said.

Mr Njeru said the service is expected to remain strictly professional in discharging its duties. He said no civilian should be denied their inalienable constitutional rights to freely express their political views, associate with whomsoever they wish, or canvass their political ideals whether in a gathering or otherwise as long as its in a peaceful manner.

He said any allegations of police misconduct touching on police partiality will be investigated expeditiously and those found culpable will be recommended for prosecution.

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He made the remarks after a police commander was quoted in a section of the media telling the public to vote for Jubilee in 2017. Njeru said they are investigating the claims.

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