Boinnet given tough demands after police killed 33 in Nairobi

Do you think the Inspector General of Police Mr Joseph Boinnet can resign?

In a report which documented 33 deaths in Nairobi alone after the bungled August 8 polls, Mr Boinnet was told by Amnesty International, to “remove, discipline and prosecute all officers found to have violated human rights.”

The human rights lobby group has demanded a thorough investigation and eventual prosecution of perpetuators.

“We recommend that the National Police Commission urgently and thoroughly investigate the unlawful police use of force during the 2017 post-election period and ensure that all those found to have violated the law are held to account,” the Amnesty International report reads in report.

It adds: “We also recommend that this be done promptly, including by referring cases for prosecution in proceedings without recourse to the death penalty.”

Police brutality has been on the spot for a couple of weeks, and it escalated after the police allegedly used excessive forces to quell Nasa protests and supporters’ unrest, earlier in August when IEBC declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner in polls.

Anti riot police officers have also been accused of raping University of Nairobi students a fortnight ago. Police moved into the institution to quell rioting students who demanded the release of their former student leader and now Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili, alias Babu Owino. Mr Ongili had been apprehended for allegedly insulting the president.

The riveting report by the lobby group comes in the wake of a rising death toll, thanks to the National Super Alliance (Nasa) demonstrations.

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga vowed to take the push for reforms at the IEBC to the streets a move that has been sharply criticised.

Last week, after announcing that the demonstrations will be on a daily basis, Interior CS banned the demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Dr Matiang’i also directed the police to arrest and prosecute Nasa CEO Norman Magaya for property destruction.

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