Police being vilified for doing their job: Kimani Ichung’wah
National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah has come to the defence of the police force amidst condemnation of their actions during the anti-government protests.
Ichung’wah said that the police are being “vilified” for doing their jobs in ensuring peace during the demonstrations.
“Our police force has been vilified for the actions that they have had to take to ensure that there is peace and that in our country, law and order thrives,” he said.
He stated that people are quick to condemn the police, ignoring their (police) safety in carrying out their mandate.
“I know even those of us in the fourth estate, we are very quick to vilify our police officers but we fail to recognise that there are criminal elements that have taken advantage of the demonstrations that were called by those in the opposition. And we have seen even armed groups engaging our police officers with arms,” he said.
Ichung’wah called on President Ruto to expedite the policy formulation to better police welfare in the country.
“But we want to encourage you our excellency that the task force that you appointed to look into the welfare of our officers to hasten in the work that they are doing so that our police officers in this country are well taken care of as well as they took care of lives and property of Kenyans during these last three days when those who were engaging in subversive activities tried to interfere with the peace and law and order of our country your excellency,” he added.
Police have come under fire during the anti-government protests over brutality claims that has caused deaths and left several injured.
Ichung’wah was speaking at the Thanksgiving and Prize Giving Day at Our Lady Consolata Mugoiri Girls’ High School in Kiharu, Murang’a County.