Less than a week after being sworn in for a second term in office, Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated the Kenya police and other security agents for their work during election.
According to reports, Uhuru congratulated all police officers in different ranks for their professionalism handling of protestors and general public in Election period. This come in a mid of accusation that security organs used excessive force and brutality especially when handling his Archrival supporters .
In a report from police head quarters, that contain president message, police deployed during election period did their work professionally and according to the Law.
“I have been directed by the president to convey his commendation to officers of all ranks involved in various stages of the 2017 general elections exercise for the high degree of professionalism and dedication to duty displayed during the entire period” read the signal signed by director of operations at Kenya police headquarters Benson Kibui.
According to the report, the president message came inspector General Joseph Boinet and the Deputy inspector general Joel Kitili.
Mr. Kibui sent the report to regional and formation commanders across the country with the orders that: “You are therefore directed to convey this message to all officers under your respective command”.
The presidents statement comes in the backdrop of criticism against security officers for using unnecessary force on citizens during the protracted election period.
According Kenya National Commission on human rights Chairperson Kagriwa Mbogori more than 76 deaths were recorded in various part of country and the figure is likely to rise.
Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) said they had started investigation into they use of excessive force that left many Kenyans injured and others dead.
Kenyans also lashed out at police for applying excessive force on women and children during opposition’s rallies. The heighten public concern comes a mid of videos and photos of police manhandling women, some carrying babies, emerged on social media causing outrage on officers who have been on spotlight for the same reason several times.
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