Kenyans, former CJ Willy Mutunga condemn brutality by police on women

A NASA supporter injured by anti-riot police. []

Police are once again on the spotlight following a viral video on social media showing anti-riot police beating up women on Tuesday in an estate near Jacaranda grounds.

NASA had planned to hold a memorial service for supporters killed in violent confrontation with police during the comeback of Raila Odinga from the US over a fortnight ago.

The police donned in full-anti riot gear are seen brutalizing women with their batons.

In Tuesday’s confrontations, a 7-year old boy was shot dead while an expectant woman was injured during the fracas.

The violent actions from police have led to great hue and cry with former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga asking the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the DPP Keriako Tobiko to take action.

“Violation of Article 238 of the Constitution. These police officers should be investigated and either disciplined or charged in a court of law. I believe both the IG and DPP should be held accountable if no action is taken. State’s responsibility to protect lives,” he said in a tweet following the viral video.

The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) has started investigations into the circumstances surrounding the shooting of the boy.

“Upon conclusion, the authority will make recommendations and forward the investigation file to the office of director of public prosecution Keriako Tobiko for his attention,” read a statement by IPOA’s head of Communications and Outreach Department Dennis Oketch.