ABDUCTED, KILLED

Kibicho: Police not involved in extrajudicial killings, disappearances

Says it is unfair to accuse the government, yet it is doing its best to follow the law and observe human rights.

In Summary

• He said on Thursday that the government is law-abiding and observes the rights of those accused of wrongdoing by taking suspects to court.

• Kibicho said the government obeys the rule of law, and has demonstrated to everybody that whenever someone does a wrong thing, he/ she is taken to court.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho addresses the media outside Uhuru Gardens Nairobi on December 7, 2021
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho addresses the media outside Uhuru Gardens Nairobi on December 7, 2021
Image: /WILFRED NYANGARESI

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho has denied that security agents are involved in extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of crime suspects.

He said on Thursday that the government is law-abiding and observes the rights of those accused of wrongdoing by taking suspects to court.

Civil society groups have been piling pressure on the police over alleged cases of disappearances.

Lobby groups like Haki Africa and the Independent Medical-Lego Unit have repeatedly released data on people abducted by people suspected to be police officers.

Most of them end up dead and their bodies dumped in thickets, rivers or mortuaries. Those who come back alive have refused to talk about their ordeals.

Police have also been repeatedly accused of being involved in cases of shooting, torture and harassment of civilians they suspect of engaging in criminal activities. Most of these complaints are in the coastal region, with suspected al Shabaab sympathisers allegedly targeted.

But Kibicho denied police have a hand in the reported cases, saying it was unfair to accuse the government, yet it was doing its best to follow the law and observe human rights.

“There is no policy in the government of things like that. The government obeys the rule of law, and has demonstrated to everybody that whenever we have someone doing a wrong thing, we take them to court,” he said.

“You have seen us arrest terrorists and take them through the court system. I don’t know why one would think that there is any appetite to do any other thing because we have a very good judicial system to process these people.”

Edited by A.N