The CS for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Joseph Nkaissery, has condemned the media over a publication by the Daily Nation on 2nd October 2016 on extrajudicial killings, saying it wasn’t the correct information.
During a press conference that was held at Harambee House, CS Nkaissery criticized the writer of the article claiming he appeared confused by the manner in which he wrote the article. He indicated that the article was based on mere allegations and unsubstantiated information and the figures that were given were exaggerated.
“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 Nation newspaper.
According to the Cabinet Secretary, the report which ignored facts was aimed at tainting the image of the police force. A move he termed as incitement of the public against the police force.
He said there is a guide as to how and when a police officer should pull out his or her firearm. He added, the police officers too have fallen victim to criminals and they’ve been forced to defend themselves.
Nkaissery did, however, say that just like in any other institution, the police force has rogue officers. Those found to be rogue officers face charges, prosecution and in worse scenarios are laid off since they are governed by the same law hence they are not an exception.
The ministry through The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has received some 5,784 complaints about police officers, 4,454 of which were dismissed as “baseless which accounts for 77% and 2% of the reported cases have led to prosecution.
He mentioned the Ministry is trying to come up with a mechanism to ensure better cohesion between IPOA and police service. He maintained the work of the police is to maintain safety and security.