Jan, 22nd 2021 – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has approved charges against 21 police officers accused of rights violations in enforcing the covid-19 night curfew in Kenya.
The charges on 15 police officers and 6 County enforcement officers, attached to Nambale sub-county in Busia have already been approved. This is following an investigation by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.
IPOA’s Chairperson Ann Makori said, “On finalizing of the investigations and upon independent review and concurrence with IPOA’s recommendations, the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that 15 Police Officers and 6 County enforcement officers attached to Nambale sub- county who were assigned police duties be charged in Court.”
She added that the officers are scheduled to take plea on the 1st of February in Bungoma. She said, “The Ward Commander who led the operation will also be charged with the additional offence of negligence in the discharge of official duty.“
She said that the investigations found the officers guilty of causing actual body harm during the assaults, damage of property and attempting to injure by explosive substance.
These offence were committed in March 2020 after the first case of the coronavirus. The countrywide dusk to dawn curfew was filled with chaos especially in the first weeks where police were accused of harassing and whipping citizens found outside past 7pm.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in April apologized to Kenyans for the violence witnessed during the curfew times. In an address, he said, “Officers are meant to serve people and protect them, not to enable the selfish few to endanger Kenyans, if you are not doing your job, you must realize there must be consequences.”