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DPP approves charges against police officers who assaulted Kenyans during curfew

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordi Haji, has approved charges against 15police officers accused of assaulting Kenyans during enforcing of curfew rules.

The DPP further ordered for the prosecution of 6 Busia County askaris who were in the company of the said police officers when the incident happened.

The 21 are accused of assaulting a family in Nambale town, Busia County on March 30, 2020.

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According to Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) chairperson Ann Makori the commission conducted an independent investigation and found the police officers guilty of assault.

“On finalizing of the investigations and upon independent review and concurrence with IPOA’s recommendations, the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that 15 Police Officers and 6 County enforcement officers attached to Nambale sub-county who were assigned police duties be charged in Court,”

“The Ward Commander who led the operation will also be charged with the additional offense of negligence in the discharge of official duty,” said Makori.

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The officers are set to take a plea on February 1, 2021, in Bungoma.

Police were accused of using excessive force against civilians while enforcing curfew rules. It was reported that the operation left dozen people dead and hundreds more with injuries.

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