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Police brutality must stop

By Nicholas Ouma | May 18th 2016

Kenyan security officers are very brutal when handling ordinary citizens during protests or arrests.

It is regrettable that police bosses have always defended the evil deeds of the police force.

And police were in their element on Monday during demonstrations against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Pictures and video clips being circulated on social media show that indeed police used excessive force against protesters.

It has been seen more than once that the State is quick to deploy more security personnel, including army vehicles, during peaceful demonstrations and during by-elections but fails to respond with the same zeal during terror attacks.

It is a pity that the Government wants to assume nothing is going on. Its silence in the IEBC issue sends a strong signal to other countries and ordinary Kenyans that indeed there is something sinister going on ahead of the 2017 General Election.

Kenya is losing its pride and regional strategic position because our leaders have been blinded by political power even as our systems are riddled with corruption.

Unless the war for democracy and good governance is won, Vision 2030 will remain a pipe dream.

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