Sabahi (Washington, DC)

7 January 2013

Kenyan Officials Demand Relocation of Eastleigh Police

Two Kenyan ministers have called for the relocation of all police officers involved in recent security crackdowns in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighbourhood, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Monday (January 7th).

Following a tour of Eastleigh at the weekend, Minister of Defence Mohamed Yusuf Haji and Minister of State for Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands Mohammed Elmi threatened to resign in protest over officers' alleged misconduct.

"We are telling the inspector general of police that we will not tolerate the harassment of our people by his officers," Haji said.

Members of the Eastleigh District Business Association have accused security officers of extorting money and looting property from residents whenever they conduct operations to flush out suspected terrorists in response to a series of deadly grenade attacks in the area.

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