In Summary
  • In one of the ugly scenes captured on camera, five male police officers are seen brutally assaulting a defenceless male student.
  • One of the police men is seen attempting to trample Allan Omondi’s head, as if to finish him.
  • According to the Constitution, police officers are only allowed to use excessive force when their lives are in danger.
  • Kiambu County Police Commander Ali Nuno said they were racing against time to identify the rogue police officers.

Kenya police are on the spot over brutality and excessive force unleashed on Jomo Kenyatta University students on Monday.

Officers from Juja and Makongeni Police stations descended on the learners, who, ironically, were protesting over rising insecurity around the main campus, with blows, kicks and clubs.

Instead of protection, assurances and outlining the steps they would take to ensure the Jkuat student fraternity is safe, the officers chose to give stabbers and muggers a run for their money— rubbing salt in the victims’ festering wounds.

The officers in full combat gear mutated into a rogue force as they battled to restore law and order after the protesting student blocked sections of the busy Thika Road and brought business around Jkuat to a standstill.

UGLY SCENES

In one of the ugly scenes captured on camera, five male police officers are seen brutally assaulting a defenceless male student.

In the video that has since gone viral online, the officers take turns in raining kicks on Allan Omondi lying on the ground.

Omondi is a fourth year-student pursuing a degree in Food Science Technology at the Juja-based campus.

As the student in a red t-shirt and blue jeans attempts to regain consciousness and scrambles to his, one of the officers kicks his head with a heavy boot.

The powerful kick sends him sprawling back to the dusty ground as the other officers descend on him with clubs.

One of the police men is seen attempting to trample Omondi’s head, as if to finish him.

ARRESTED

While the condition of the student, who was later arrested and locked up, was not immediately known, he most likely sustained serious injuries.

Omondi, who is asthmatic, was remanded at Juja Police Station for more than five hours, did not have an inhaler and no sweater.

According to Ian Duncan, Omondi’s friend, he was released from the cell on Monday night and handed over to his mother.

The officers also broke the gate of one of the hostels and lobbed teargas, subjecting the students to inhuman treatment.

It is this violence that drew the outrage of Kenyans, with many questioning effectiveness of the ongoing police reforms as others demanded action on the rogue officers.

“Just watched a very disturbing video of police brutally beating an individual alleged to be a Jkuat student,” tweeted Mwalimu Dida, a former presidential candidate.

“I don't know why all those officers would choose to beat up unarmed person who is already on the ground and is not resisting arrest. Can the IG clarify this incident?”

PROBE

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