On Tuesday, a member of parliament requested the house to establish a joint parliamentary select committee to investigate the rising events of police brutality.
Kenyan lawmakers have approved a petition to probe police brutality in the country. Senate speaker Ekwe Ethuro said the Senate’s security committee will table its report in the coming months.
Police have been criticised of using too much force to disperse citizens during protests. Since April, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has been holding protests against the country’s electoral body IEBC.
The latest protests on Monday saw at least one person killed and scores injured including a 5-year-old boy who was shot by a stray bullet. Last month, three people were killed in similar protests.
During a funeral mass for the victims, the opposition accused police of using excessive force against innocent Kenyans.
In light of this, the government has banned all oppostion demonstrations in order to “save lives and protect properties”.
Kenya bans all opposition demonstrations
The Kenyan government has banned all opposition demonstrations. Kenyan Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery said the move was to save lives and protect properties.
Current demonstrations pushing for the dissolution of the electoral commission were violent, he said. Attorney General Githu Mungai was also at the press conference, which was broadcast live – reiterating that the constitution only allowed peaceful demonstrations and protesting, not violent protests.
People disobeying the order would be arrested. Several people have been killed in recent demonstrations organised by the opposition alliance Cord. Led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, it wants members of the electoral commission to resign ahead of next year’s presidential election.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro