KNCHR begins probe into human rights violations during Azimio demos

Azimio leader Raila Odinga [Photo: Daily Nation]

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has called for investigations on allegations of human rights violations during Azimio la Umoja’s Monday demonstrations.

In a statement, commission Chairperson Roseline Odede condemned the demonstrations saying they turned chaotic.

She says the commission has established that the protests resulted in arrests, destruction of property, injuries and reports of use of live bullets by security agents.

“If proven, it would be very unfortunate and the same can be prosecuted under the command responsibility principle,” said Odede.

Odede also called on the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome to look into the matter.

“KNCHR reiterates the need for the Kenya Police Service officers to adhere to the checklist on public order management during protests and assemblies,” she added.

The commission also noted that those involved in the looting or any form of misconduct should be apprehended and arraigned.

“The Commission will continue to monitor and document the ongoing situation and reiterates to Kenyans that; rights must be exercised within the confines of the law and in a manner that respects the rights of others including; protection of right to property by private and public entities and right to freedom and security of the person.”

Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga has declared that there will be Anti-government demonstrations in the country every Monday.

While addressing Kenyans from Nairobi, he termed yesterday’s demonstrations as a mere ‘curtain raiser.’

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