Kisii residents demonstrate following the killing of two women by police officers.Photo courtesy.
By OUR CORRESPONDENT
Two administration Police officers linked to Deputy President William Ruto allegedly shot two women in Kisii town on Thursday, October 6.
It is alleged that the police officers who shot the women are attached to the deputy president’s security detail, and were clearing the way for Mr Ruto when a scuffle ensued.
However, other reports indicate that the AP officers involved in the murder were not Ruto’s security detail, but were in the area to beef up security as the DP visited.
Police are yet to clarify whether the concerned police officers were deployed to the meeting attended by Mr Ruto or they are his official bodyguards.
Eyewitnesses said the women were shot dead by the officers when they tried to plead with them not to arrest two motorcyclists who had been involved in an accident.
The killing of the two angered residents who took to the streets to demonstrate against the incident.
Tyres were burnt and roads barricaded as the residents called for justice for the murdered Kenyans.
The murder came the same day Mr Ruto was in Kisii to mark the National Celebration for the United Nations International Day for Older Persons (UN-idop).
A section of Kenyans resorted to social media to demand for justice from security agencies over the killings.
Through a hashtag #ChargeRutoWithMurder the angry Kenyans made all manner of allegations against the Deputy President.
The killing come just a day after Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery viciously dismissed a report that implicated police in extra-judicial killings.
Data by Nation showing an upsurge in incidents of extra-judicial killings.
The report indicated that between January and August 2016, police have killed 122 Kenyans.
Mr Nkaissery asked Kenyans not to judge the entire police force by the actions of a “few rogue elements.”
Mr Nkaissery did not deny that some police officers had been involved in criminal activity and the illegal use of firearms, but he maintained that the situation was not as bad as it was being represented.
“Figures presented in the report to try and justify its wild allegations were grossly wrong and not verified,” he said, referring to a report in the Sunday Nation.
Speaking in the wake of recent reports of alleged extrajudicial killings by police officers, Mr Nkaissery said the reports were meant to incite the public against the police.
“Our concern is the lack of objectivity, obvious bias and palpable misrepresentation of facts in reportage,” he said.
Recent reports by human rights lobbies have condemned “unwarranted” killings by police and even linked the disappearances of some Kenyans to police activity.
Mr Nkaissery said police officers often encounter armed criminals and some officers “have been killed and others grievously harmed” in the line of duty.
The law clearly stipulates cases where officers are justified in using firearms to defend themselves and the public, he said.
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority has received some 5,784 complaints about police officers, 4,454 of which were dismissed as “baseless”.
The minister said that only two per cent of all reported cases have resulted in the prosecution of the officers involved.
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