In Summary
  • One clip shows an unarmed Jkuat Fourth Year student in blue jeans and a red T-shirt being beaten by four law enforcers.

  • The officers also broke the gate of one of the hostels and threw teargas canisters into the rooms

  • Many Kenyans castigated the police officers for using excessive force on unarmed students on social media platforms.

The national civilian policing watchdog and human rights activists want stern action taken against rogue officers who brutalised students during a protest at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Juja, Kiambu County.

Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) and Amnesty International Kenya said they have initiated investigations into the use of excessive force by police during the Monday demos.

Images and videos that went viral show police officers beating up students.

SHOOTING AIMLESSLY

One video clip shows an unarmed Jkuat Fourth Year student in blue jeans and a red T-shirt being beaten by four law enforcers.

The officers are said to have broken the gate of one of the hostels and threw teargas canisters into the rooms. An officer was also seen shooting aimlessly at the students.

“IPOA condemns in the strongest terms possible yesterday's (Monday’s) incident in which members of the National Police Service were caught on camera assaulting students from Jkuat,” the authority said in a statement.

“We have this (Tuesday) morning dispatched its Rapid Response Unit to investigate the matter with a view of unravelling the facts to enable holding accountable any culpable Officers. IPOA will investigate the allegations of use of force, use of firearms and any other misconduct against the Police Officers,” read the statement.

RAMPANT INSECURITY

The students, who were protesting against rampant insecurity in the institution and its environs, had blocked the Thika Highway.

Amnesty International Kenya Executive Director Houghton Irũngũ said they were deeply concerned about the violence meted out on students and called on the public and police officers with information on the incidences to share the information with relevant human rights and policing institutions.

"Violent policing during public demonstrations must stop, officers who break their code of office must be held individually guilty of misconduct, sanctioned and made to compensate victims," said Mr Irungu.

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