Interior CS Fred Matiang’i broke his silence following the brutality exerted on a student from JKUAT by police officers.
Matiang’i, on Monday, remarked that the officers were out of line on how they handled the matter.
The CS pointed out that the officers were aware of the rules that governed the use of force during chaotic times.
“I have observed the events at JKUAT today with profound concern. The use of force by police is clearly outlined in the National Police Standing Orders,” read a tweet from the Interior CS.
The no-nonsense CS Matiang’i further declared that he had directed the Inspector General of police to take action against the rogue officers within a period of 24 hours.
“I have spoken to the IG and we both agree that firm and decisive action shall be taken against any officer who used excessive force, within the next 24 hours,” stated Matiang’i.
I have spoken to the IG and we both agree that firm and decisive action shall be taken against any officer who used excessive force, within the next 24 hours.
— Dr. Fred Matiang'i (@FredMatiangi) November 11, 2019
The National Police Service (NPS) on Tuesday issued a press release which highlighted that officers are mandated to respect human rights and fundamental freedom.
According to the statement, “Use of force must be legal and of necessity to the needs of justice. It must be applied to the extent it remains proportionate to the gravity of the offence and with full accountability,” read a part of the media release.
IG Hilary Mutyambai on his part, warned that the police should not be punitive and should focus on following the correct procedure of maintaining law and order.
The tough measures come after three GSU officers were filmed brutally accosting a JKUAT student after demonstrations broke out in the institution.
The riot law enforcers were responding to chaos that marked the learning facility at Juja after students barricaded the road and were claimed to have harassed road users and motorists.
The cause of the unrest witnessed at the Thika Road based public university, was as a result of complains from the students that insecurity in the area had gone unchecked.
— Ian Duncan (@IanDuncan__) November 11, 2019
The learners alleged that the boda boda operators in the area were working together with criminals to terrorise the students.
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo ridiculed both Matiang’i and Mutyambai proclaiming that if the tables were turned, the matter would have been handled differently.
“The missing word here is ARREST. If this was an ordinary citizen you would have sent police in several trucks with assault weapons of all kinds,” Kilonzo expressed.
The missing word here is ARREST. If this was an ordinary citizen you would have sent police in several trucks with assault weapons of all kinds https://t.co/cYoanhUWoJ
— Sen Mutula KilonzoJR (@SenMutula) November 12, 2019
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino also called out for action to be taken insisting that such violence on students should be stopped.