The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has opened investigations into 18 shootings that took place over the weekend.
In a statement by the authority’s head of communications, Dennis Oketch, the shootings carried out by police officers will be investigated and those found culpable will “face the full force of the law.”
“Upon conclusion, if culpability is found, the Authority will ensure the responsible officers face the full force of the law trough appropriate criminal and/or disciplinary recommendations to the Director of Public Prosecutions and other suitable Government agencies,” the statement reads in part.
IPOA is looking into two separate incidents that took place in Huruma and Mathare on October 29 where three suspected robbers were shot and killed.
Six suspected robbers were gunned down in Dandora while three others were killed in Kerugoya on October 28. An AP officer of Kegonga police division, Migori, who allegedly shot a man dead in unclear circumstances is also been investigated.
Mr Oketch also indicated that the authority is probing a case in Yatta where three suspects were shot on October 23.
Also under investigation is a case where two suspects were fatally shot in Burma, Nairobi county on October 22.
The agency has however been criticized for not closing cases involving the trigger-happy police officers. But IPOA has maintained that it remains committed to being “independent, impartial and fair in all its operations.”
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