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Officers not involved in killings, says Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet

KENYA
By Cyrus Ombati | May 10th 2016

Police have denied claims of extra-judicial killings. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet termed the claims as false and malicious.

Boinnet was reacting to reports that his officers are involved in the killings. The reports were compiled by Independent Medico Legal Unit.

“No officer comes to work knowing his work is to kill or steal from the people he is employed to take care of. Some of the cases that have been reported, investigated and proven are in court,” he said.

The IG added the Independent Policing Oversight Authority and other agencies usually handle cases that are reported to them.

Meanwhile, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has dismissed reports indicating police are involved in quarter of all crimes in the country. The reports appearing in a section of the media quoted KNBS.

The bureau said the reports indicate the total number of crimes committed in 2015 were 72,490 compared to 69,376 recorded in 2014. Further, that the number of offences involving police went up from 53 cases in 2014, to 71 cases in 2015, which present a 34 per cent increase.
“Your report quotes Economic Survey 2016 to have reported that 24,647 uniformed officers were  involved in crimes reported to police in 2015, which is a wrong representation.”

Director General Zachary Mwangi said the crimes were not committed by the police officers but were reported to the police.

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