In Summary

  • His warning is a stark reminder of the excessive force police employed police response to 2007-08 post-election violence.

  • It is estimated that out of the over 1,133 killed during the chaos, over 400 were felled by police who used live bullets to stop protestors.

Police have vowed to firmly deal with perpetrators of violence in the run-up, during and after the August 8 General Election.

Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet on Monday said police would have to use “slightly more force than that used by violence perpetrators” if chaos breaks out.

2007 CHAOS

“If violence occurs, then we have to stop it and it means we will use slightly more force than that used by those causing violence," he told a meeting on election preparedness at a Nairobi hotel.

His warning is a stark reminder of the excessive force police employed in response to the 2007-08 post-election violence, leading to extrajudicial killings.

It is estimated that out of the 1,133 killed during the chaos, over 400 were felled by police who used live bullets to stop protesters.

The IG’s warning comes amid the arming of the police service with deadly arsenal such as water cannons, vehicles, tear gas, additional guns and bullets.

Training of a multi-agency security team is also in top gear at the Embakasi military base in Nairobi, with officers being equipped with tactics to break protests and quell civil unrest.

The officers are drawn from Kenya Defence Forces, National Police Service, the National Intelligence Service, Kenya Wildlife Services, Kenya Forestry Services, National Youth Service.

RIOTS

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