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Four Kenyan police officers interdicted over brutality against students

JKUAT students protest against insecurity on Thika Superhighway on Monday November 11, 2019. PHOTO/COURTESY

Kenya police are on the spot over brutality and using excessive force unleashed on Jomo Kenyatta University students on Monday.

Officers from Juja and Makongeni Police stations descended on the JKUAT students who reportedly blocked Thika Superhighway, harassing motorists and other road users.

The students were protesting against the lack of security at the campus and surrounding areas.

Four police officers were captured on camera taking turns to kick and hit the male student in the chest and on the head.

Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai condemned the brutality of his officers and ordered for action taken against them within 24 hours.

“The National Police Service wishes to inform that the four officers who were caught on camera meeting excessive force on a JKUAT student have been identified and consequently interdicted from service as per police procedures. Further action and other internal disciplinary processes will follow the recommendations of the Internal Affairs Unit investigation. We commend the individual who had the presence of mind to record the incident and thank all Kenyans who made it to go viral,” Mutyambai said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

“It is important to note that all police officers have gone through a rigorous and professional training on management of riots and unlawful assemblies. Officers have also been trained on the need to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, and that, use of force must be legal and of necessity to the needs of justice, it must be applied to the extent that it remains proportionate to the gravity of the offence and with full accountability.” Mutyambai added in another statement.

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