Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome on Tuesday, August 8 alleged the Azimio One Kenya Alliance Coalition hired dead bodies to represent victims of police brutality during anti-government demonstrations.
IG Koome criticized opposition leaders arguing that they bent too low to create a bad impression of the national police service commission.
“We have seen in the recent past senior members of the society going to mortuaries and hiring dead bodies, calling media and telling them that the dead people were killed by police officers,” he said.
However, the IG stated that the national police officers have a role to protect life and property.
Further, IG Koome stated that the police have a responsibility to ensure the country is secure and safe.
“We are going to discharge our mandate without fear or favor, the propaganda out there will not discourage us.
They can continue threatening us that some people will go to the ICC or court, which has no implications at all in terms of our commitment,” he said.
In addition, IG Koome stated the police will not sit and watch what is happening in neighboring countries to take place in Kenya
“We have a duty to serve our beautiful country and we cannot allow what is happening in the neighboring countries to happen to Kenya because we have no spare country,” said IG Koome.
The opposition had alleged that at least 50 people died from the anti-government demonstrations and several others hospitalized injuries.
In a previous press statement, Azimio claimed that most of the hospitals had been directed not to disclose number of patients admitted or admit victims of police brutality.
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Further, the opposition stated that they had evidence of police and hired gang shooting and killing of unarmed people at close range.
“We ask Kenyans to pray also that the International Criminal Court takes up the matter based on an expanded list of perpetrators that we intend to furnish with the court within due course,” read part of the statement.
The Azimio coalition leaders held a vigil in various parts of the country in honor of victims of police brutality who died during the demonstrations.