CS Matiang’i condemns police brutality at City Hall

Police officers beat up Mlango Kubwa MCA Patricia Mutheu at City Hall on Tuesday/ COURTESY

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I has condemned the police brutality that was witnessed at the Nairobi County Assembly on Tuesday.

“It is painful to see a member of the public, regardless of their status, being beaten by a uniformed police officer. Its very painful and something we should not have as a country,” Matiang’I said on Wednesday.

Photos of four police officers beating up Mlango Kubwa MCA Patricia Mutheu at City Hall went viral on Tuesday, with Kenyans calling for action against the cops.

Mutheu has since written to Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, asking him to fire the four officers who brutalised her.

Police stormed City Hall after chaos erupted between two factions of MCAs over the attempted removal of Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

Justifying the involvement of police in City Hall, CS Matiang’i said 14 guns were retrieved from the assembly, which he declared “a war zone in which policing will be effected to the latter”.

He said he would seek the advice from the National Security Council on policing the assembly.

On Wednesday, DPP Noordin Haji said he had directed the Independent Police Oversight Authority to carry out thorough investigations into the matter and forward resultant file to his office for appropriate direction.

IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori in a statement on Tuesday said they have contacted some of key witnesses following chaos at Nairobi County Assembly.

“Whenever law enforcers apply force in quelling situations, they shall always ensure it is proportionate. Excessive use of it attracts stiff penalties,” Makori said.

Kenya Humanrights Commission tweeted,.”We cannot accept a police force overly reliant on #policebrutalityke whenever it is interacting with citizens. We demand the @IG_NPS to hold to account all the officers involved in the violence against Patricia Mutheu #JusticeForPatriciaMutheu”.

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