LSK Rift Valley branch condemn police brutality in the enforcement of curfew

The Rift valley Law Society of Kenya has strongly condemned the excessive use of force by police officers during day one (Friday) of the dusk to dawn Curfew decreed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Lawyers say this is uncalled for during this dispensation of the news constitution of Kenya 2010.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Saturday Morning led by Rift valley Law Society of Kenya President John Ochang’, they said they were disturbed by the behaviour of the police officers towards innocent Kenyans.

They say the officers could have used non-violent rules first rather than engaging innocent Kenyans in brutal ways yet there are guidelines to be followed.

“We condemn the brutality by force and excessive use of force. As a law society we are very disturbed that the police could behave that way yet they have the guidelines. The force used cannot be justified and we condemn it and call for action.” said Ochang’.

They argued that if what was witnessed on Friday night during the curfew is what will go on, then it is a situation where the criminal justice system has been left to the police.

While noting that the fight against the spread of coronavirus is a collective responsibility, the Rift valley Law Society of Kenya said the police should not use the powers given to them to brutalize innocent Kenyans.

The society argues that police behaviour is a challenge and threat in containing the situation on Corona.

They added that the police behaviour towards citizens is a challenge and threat in containing the situation on Corona in the country.

According to the Lawyers, police officers who are enforcing the government directives have no protective gears contrary to the WHO guidelines.

“We all have a collective responsibility but the police should not use this as an avenue to brutalize Kenyans” said Ochang’.

On the arrests being made, the Rift valley LSK says should be made and the culprits given police bail and a date in court when things normalize.

Meanwhile, the law body has also differed with Chief Justice David Maraga on the closure of all operations in courts.

They say this should be revisited to allow some courts to operate as long as there is adherence to the social distancing guidelines as per the Ministry of Health and WHO guidelines.

“This idea of closing down courts should be revisited. The CJ should allow some courts to operate so as to ensure justice and checks on some of the officers. The Judiciary as a protector of the law and justice should not have been closed. We urge CJ to ensure some courts are in operation.


What Rift valley elders want President Kenyatta to do before 2022

Rift valley council of elders Patron Gilbert Kabage has slammed at a section of leaders from Central region for failing in their mandate of delivering to the people.

Addressing media in Nakuru, Kabage said it was wrong for leaders to fail in their mandate and then point an accusing finger to the head of state.

He called on county leaders from Governors to MCAs to ensure they make good use of the resources allocated at county level in developing their various counties.

“Instead of leaders uniting Kenyans and working towards development our leaders at county levels have failed and are now blaming the President. They claim they want more resources yet the little they have they cannot account for” said Kabage.

While noting the ongoing political mood, Kabage warned that the Big 4 agendas should not be forgotten by the leadership of the day.

On the ongoing tussle of 2022 succession politics, the Rift valley council of elders patron is of the opinion that the President who is also the leader of Jubilee party should call a national Jubilee party meeting to address the politics sounding the same.

He added that the regrouping being seen in the country in terms of regions is not good for the ruling party and it now that the head of state should address the same.

“We have the big 4 agendas but from the look of things it is like we have forgotten about them. It is high time the President and his deputy call for national Jubilee party meeting to sort out the tussle” said Kabage.

PHOTO/Nation:Rift Valley council of elders led by Patron Gilbert Kabage at a past media briefing in Nakuru.

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