Police up in arms over KNCHR report on sexual violence

Police up in arms over KNCHR report on sexual violence

The National Police Service has criticised a report that claims its officers were mostly behind cases of sexual violence during the 2017 general elections.

In a strongly worded statement, the police rubbished the claims and accused the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) of insincerity.

“We are surprised that the Commission, for reasons unknown to us, is fond of making sensational, preposterous and generalised allegations about the Police without any actionable evidence that could form the basis of any further investigations,” the statement reads.

It adds: “We reject in totality the assertions made by KNHRC and appeal to anyone who was sexually assaulted by any Police Officer to report to the Police civilian oversight body IPOA for further investigations that may lead to prosecution and secure convictions.”

According to the KNCHR report dubbed Silhouttes of Brutality, that was released on Wednesday, 54.5percent of cases of sexual violence reported during the elections were perpetrated by police officers.

KNCHR Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori said the most affected areas were informal settlements with the most affected persons being women at 96.2 percent.

However, police have rubbished the report and called for impartiality.

“We therefore call for fairness on the part of the Commission and urge them to help us deal with any form of impropriety by any Police Officer by providing information that is factual and specific to facilitate further action,” their statement adds.

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