16 July 2014

Kenyan Police Authority Orders Investigation Into 29 Officers

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Kenya Police man a check point at Kasarani stadium where thousands are being held in the Eastleigh terror crackdown in Nairobi.

Kenya's Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has identified 29 police officers accused of taking bribes and harassing civilians during Operation Usalama Watch in Nairobi in April, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Tuesday (July 15th).

IPOA is in the process of substantiating charges of harassment, extortion and assault and if warranted will bring charges against the officers as soon as it completes the investigation, IPOA Chairman Macharia Njeru said.

IPOA has already established that police officers demanded bribes from citizens of between 1,000 shillings ($11) and 20,000 shillings ($228).

"The police should carry out a post-mortem of this operation [...] and report its finding to IPOA within 90 days," IPOA said in a report released Monday. "It is IPOA's position that while this operation was intended for a good cause, its implementation was problematic and wrought with many challenges."

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo was also asked to form a command structure for the service of efficient administration, which the IPOA concluded was absent in the operation.

Failure to establish such a structure within 90 days could draw a fine of 500,000 shillings ($5,700), three years' imprisonment, or both, Njeru warned.

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