In Summary
  • The report notes that the government's IPOA “investigated numerous cases of misconduct” and has “continued to increase its capacity.”
  • Kenya also has “an inefficient judiciary,” the State Department says.

New York

Lack of accountability for criminal acts and human rights abuses are prevalent at all levels of government in Kenya, the US State Department report says.

In its worldwide human rights report issued on Wednesday, US State Department says impunity persists in Kenya “despite public statements by the president and deputy president addressing the issue,” states the Kenya section of the report.

The US does acknowledge reforms of the police and judiciary sectors. The report notes that the government's Independent Policing Oversight Authority “investigated numerous cases of misconduct” and has “continued to increase its capacity.”

But the Kenya government “took only limited and uneven steps to address cases of alleged unlawful killings by security force members,” the State Department adds in its review for 2018.


“Impunity in cases of alleged corruption were also common,” the report observes.

It however, points out that “President Kenyatta intensified his anti-corruption campaign launched in 2015, and the inspector general of police continued his strong public stance against corruption among police officers.”

The US lists several types of human rights violations said to have occurred in Kenya last year.

Among them are “unlawful and politically motivated killings; forced disappearances; torture; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest and detention.”

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