CS Matiang’i ‘outraged’ by police assault video


File image of Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang'i
File image of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i

In Summary

  • Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has said rogue police officers should reform or face the consequences for their actions.
  • He raised concern over the video rounds on social media of a police officer assaulting an unarmed man in Industrial Area.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has said rogue police officers should reform or face the consequences for their actions.

Raising concern over recent human rights violation cases by police, Dr. Matiang’i said: “I was very angry when I saw video clips doing rounds on social media of a police officer stepping on someone in Industrial Area.

“I was as outraged as most Kenyans were. You can do your work as a police officer without getting to that point,” Dr. Matiang’i said on Tuesday.

The CS said incidents of assault are not condoned and officers implicated deserve to be punished in accordance with the law.

“When such things happen they are not reflective of the entire Police Service. When a mistake happens in your family, do you throw out your family members or listen and help them become better people?” he posed.

The CS also took a swipe at civil societies saying those behind allegations seeking to link police to corruption should provide evidence.

“I am happy to engage with Transparency International on their corruption index but let us look at how to deal with it. I’m also very happy to engage with Amnesty International on alleged cases of human rights abuses by police,” he added.

Dr. Matiang’i was speaking during the Annual Policing Conference at the Kenya School of Governance in Nairobi on Tuesday.

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