Uhuru farm raid: IG Koome says probe launched, culprits to face the law
Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome has condemned the violence during Monday’s protests.
In a press release on Tuesday, the police boss acknowledged that a farm in Kiambu county was invaded and destructed by unknown people.
The said farm is linked to Former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family.
“Our investigations into the destructions and injuries caused has begun and those found culpable shall face the law,” Koome said.
According to Koome, the protests, led by the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance, also resulted in the destruction of two police vehicles and injuries to 23 police officers.
Additionally, he noted, a private company in the Embakasi area, East Africa Spectre, which is linked to opposition leader Raila Odinga, was also invaded.
“NPS has noted with utmost concern, and therefore strongly condemns the violent attacks against Police Officers on duty, and destruction of property resulting from Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance unlawful demonstrations in Nairobi,” Koome said in the statement.
“We are appealing to the public to adhere to the rule of law when exercising their Constitutional rights to picket, petition or demonstrate.”
The police have also faced accusations of using excessive force in dispersing the protesters.
Tear gas and water cannons targeting demonstrators ended up affecting more people, including journalists trying to do their work.
Two people were reportedly shot by police in Migori, with one death being reported. The death toll since the start of the protests now stands at three people, with two reported last week.
Despite the violent incidents, Koome reassured the public that the country is safe, and the police service remains committed to maintaining law and order, protecting life and property, and fostering good police-community relations.
“We commend our officers for discharging their duties with the utmost respect for the rule of law as demonstrated by their restraint during the unlawful protests,” he said.
The police have also reminded the public that they have a right to protest but should do so peacefully and within the limits of the law.