Identities of 3 police who beat up JKUAT student revealed

Developments in JKUAT student beating

Police who beat JKUAT student named as George Wathania, Jonathan Kibet, Boniface Muthama

Three police officers who brutalized a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) student have been identified as George Wathania, Jonathan Kibet and Boniface Muthama.

The National Police Service Commission (NPSC), however, noted that the fourth officer is yet to be identified.

"Identification of the fourth officer is taking longer because of the angle of the footage. We need to be sure that we are identifying the right person," NPSC Chairman Eliud Kinuthia stated during a press conference.

The names were released on Wednesday just hours after Police spokesman Charles Owino had revealed that the National Police Service (NPS) had opted to withhold their names out of sensitivity for the officers' families.

"If your child is in school and the father is revealed to have beat up somebody the other children will mock the child over and over.

"What is most important is the action...we felt preliminarily we hold the names. Some of these officers have done very good things," Mr Owino explained.

Human rights violation

The incident took place during protests that had been organized by the students over rampant insecurity in the campus.

A video clip of the four officers beating up the fourth year student was widely circulated on social media causing uproar among Kenyans.

Following the uproar, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai assured the public that they were taking action on the matter.

The police officers were on Tuesday suspended as the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) conducts investigations on the incident.


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