President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended the police for carrying out their duties ‘professionally and firmly’ during the protracted electioneering period.
This comes at a time when the police have been accused of using excessive force during the opposition’s demonstrations.
According to Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) chairperson, Kagwiria Mbogori, 62 people have been killed by the police.
On Tuesday, a 7 year old boy, Geoffrey Mutinda was hit by a stray bullet while playing on the balcony in Nairobi’s pipeline estate. The police have denied shooting the class two boy saying that he was shot by an unknown thug.
The President’s confidential letter also referenced as ‘Secpol’ (a police parlance for a secret document that should be circulated on a need to know basis) praised the police for carrying out their mandate in ‘accordance with the law.’
“The President has noted that notwithstanding the intense political competition and the unprecedented repeat presidential polls the service remained firm in execution of its mandate,” said Benson Kibui, Kenya police director of operations.
I have been directed by the President to convey his commendation to officers of all ranks involved in various stages of the elections exercise for the high degree of professionalism and dedication to duty displayed during the entire period.
“Let us therefore keep up the positive spirit in the service of our motherland. You are therefore directed to convey this message to all officers under your respective commands.”
The message was sent to regional and formation commanders across the country with the orders that it be conveyed ‘to all officers under your respective commands.’
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