KNHCR condemn police brutality in enforcing curfew

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) has criticized police for the way they enforced the dusk-to-dawn curfew order which started on Friday.

In a statement, the commission said that police must respect the rule of law even as they conduct their duties.

KNCHR Chief Executive Officer Dr. Bernard Mogesa argued that the Bill of Rights had not been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic and called on the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to issue guidelines on how to enforce the curfew, without infringing on people’s rights.

“It is pitiable and despicable to watch the video clips of uniformed law enforcement officers, who are deemed to be custodians of law and order incessantly bludgeoning innocent and unharmed Kenyans,” he said.

He called for the prosecution of officers who violated the human rights of Kenyans on Friday night and also challenged employers to ensure employees are released from work on time for them to get home early.