The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Police Reforms Will Promote Accountability

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The Independent Policing Oversight Authority board is mandated to investigate any complaints related to disciplinary or criminal offences committed by any member of the National Police Service.

Extrajudicial executions by police officers are still rampant in the country and are spreading to the rural areas, a report by the Rights Promotion and Protection Centre has revealed.

The report by the civil society organization titled, Extra-Judicial Executions in Kenya Today and The Future of Police Reforms says the government needs to speed up police reforms, by appointing the Inspector General and the two deputies in order to curb the vice.

This will restore accountability in the police force, the report said. The group has urged for investigations on allegations of extrajudicial executions to be conducted by the police and civil society organisations in order to create records as a means of reconnecting with victims.

It has also appealed to the government to increase funding to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority by 100%.

The group has suggested the sensitisation of Kenyans in the upcountry on the role of the regular and administration police so that the new police legislations can be better understood.

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