Policemen in combat gear captured in a video that has been widely circulated on social media beating up a Jkuat student during a protest on the main campus on Monday, 11th November have been interdicted following a mounting public outcry.
The four officers were suspended from duty on Tuesday, but their names have not been disclosed. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i had ordered the identification and arrest of the suspects as investigations continue. He had earlier said in a tweet that he had liaised with Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to have the officers involved apprehended.
For his part, Mutyambai said he had directed the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) of the police service to investigate and make recommendations for action within a day.
“Any police officer found culpable will be held accountable,” a letter signed by Mutyambai states.
Both Mutyambai and Matiang’i agreed that the video was disturbing and action must be taken against the officers involved.
Kenyans have condemned the incident, saying that despite all the police reforms carried out, there seems to be no progress by the men and women in uniform.
The law clearly stipulates that should officers be compelled to use force, it must be proportionate to the gravity of the offence.