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IPOA cites lack of witnesses as hurdle in probing police brutality in post-election protests

The police watchdog is yet to establish any incriminating evidence against police officers who were reportedly involved in the post-election protests early in the month following the declaration that President Uhuru Kenyatta had won the August 8 General Election.

Independent Policing and Oversight Authority (IPOA) chairman Macharia Njeru confessed that the investigations had faced hurdles due to lack of witnesses and proper documentation of reports from other investigative agencies.

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The Authority had embarked on the probe following the killing of civilians contesting the announcement of the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that declared that President Uhuru Kenyatta had trounced NASA leader Raila odinga in the polls.

Among those killed was a six month toddler, Samantha Pendo, from Kisumu County and 10- year- old Stephanie Moraa in Mathare.

“We do not have any evidence to confirm that police officers killed civilians during the post-election protests. Our investigation teams are digging into the matter but we are experiencing challenges with our witnesses,” Mr Macharia confirmed.

Macharia also noted that they were depending on the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko to ensure those responsible are brought to book once they complete the investigations.

He, however, did not confirm when they expect to conclude the inquiry.
 

Last week, the agency had guaranteed a speedy probe of any police involvement into the deaths with a view to establish the truth and bring justice to the victims and their families.

According to a report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights released last week, 24 people were killed by police on cold blood across the country after the hotly contested elections.

The National Super Alliance placed its death toll at 100 claiming that the government was clobbering there supporters.

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