The ODPP questioned over move to withdraw charges against officers accused of assault

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji [Photo: The Star]

Feb, 2nd 2021 – The Police Reforms Working Group ( PRWG-K) has expressed their concern after reports that the DPP dropped a case in which 15 police officers and 6 county enforcement officers were accused of assault and destruction of property in Busia County.

The officers were set to take plea on Tuesday following investigations by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), as approved by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

In a statement the group said, “Kenyan will only move towards the rule of law when all those who are suspected to have violated it, including police officers, are prosecuted, and given an opportunity to defend themselves in a court of law.”

Earlier, Amnesty International Campaign Manager for safety and dignity Dimus Kiprono said the withdrawal has not been explained even after in-depth investigations by the independent police oversight  authority IPOA.

The incident took place in Nambale town, Busia County where Police officers allegedly discharged teargas in a private home, beating up, assaulting and destroying properties of Benard Orenga, his wife, children and neighbours.

Police Reforms Working Group ( PRWG-K) said it will continue to stand with the families of the victims of police brutality, even during the enforcement of Covid-19 rules.

It also said it will emphasize that the use of force should strictly be guided by the law.

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