United Nations in Kenya condemns police brutality on MCA Patricia Mutheu

Mlango Kubwa MCA Patricia Mutheu being assaulted by police officers at Nairobi County Assembly precincts/ COURTESY

The United Nations in Kenya has condemned the police brutality meted on Mlango Kubwa MCA Patricia Mutheu.

UN Kenya Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee in a tweet on Wednesday said they were dismayed by actions of the four police officers captured on camera beating up the Nairobi county legislator.

“On behalf of @UnKenya, we are dismayed by the actions of these police officers. As guardians of the law, police officers must uphold the sanctity of the rule of law and ensure the inviolability of human rights. We wish Ms Patricia Mutheu a speedy recovery,” Chatterjee in a tweet.

He tagged Inspector General of police Henry Mutyambai and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions headed by Noordin Haji in the tweet.

Commenting on the incident on Wednesday, Interior CS Fred Matiang’I said, “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”.

Mutheu has since written to IGP 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 the matter, 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 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.

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