Kenya: Senate Committee Want Nairobi Police to Address Re-Emerging Extra-Judicial Killings

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17 October 2018

Nairobi — The Senate Security and Foreign Relations Committee has condemned the raising cases of extra-judicial killings against youths reported in Nairobi's low income estates such as Dandora, Kayole and Kawangware.

The committee chaired by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has now invited Nairobi Police County Commander Joseph ole Tito and the DCIO to appear before it to explain what they are doing to deal with rogue police officers who have been executing the killings.

He cited cases in the Dandora and Kawangware this week where youth have in several cases been pulled out social entertain spots by uniformed officers or those in plain clothes and were found brutally murdered days later.

Sakaja said he has occasionally been forced to calm down demonstrations by residents protesting the police action.

The Senators said blame should not be heaped on the entire police force because of a few crooked elements.

"It has almost become criminal to be a youth in this city, it is like this life are not valued, so the best these people can do is to stay indoors and the problem is, it is the same government machinery that is preventing them from earning a living, so we are telling them, we don't want you work, but we also don't want you to live."

"The solution of dealing with youth unemployment, the solution for dealing with crime cannot be killing all the youth, that cannot be the solution, when will you stop, are they going to kill all of them?" he posed.

Sakaja and Kisumu Senator Fred Outa regretted that most of the youths who have been denied an opportunity to engage in income generating activities such as operating boda-bodas or small businesses due to harassment by the clandestine security personnel.

"Those of these youth who had been doing boda-boda are being harassed, being told you cannot ride here, those who had stalls, have had them demolished, we must sit down and say what is actually being done to provide jobs for this people. Is the national government or the county government giving these young people employment or business opportunities, through the 30 per cent procurement affirmative action provision, otherwise what do you do with these millions of young people, who waste their whole day sitting at 'jobless corner'," the Nairobi Senator.

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