Alarming Rise of Police Brutality
Yesterday, Ibrahim Kullow, a young man in his 20s was travelling by a transport company truck to Nairobi. At Leheley Police Post of Wajir County he was allegedly asked for a shillings 50 bribe by the officer manning the post. Kullow resisted only to be accosted by the officer with the butt of his gun. Young Kullow ran away and locked himself in the vehicle and the officer called for reinforcement from his colleagues at the station. The officers dragged Ibrahim Kullow from the vehicle and beat him senseless. He is now at Lehely health centre nursing serious wounds.
At around 8:45 PM on Tuesday 2nd of April 2019, Abdulqadir Ali Diis, chief of Ruqa location was allegedly beaten by police. The chief could be seen passing by the the Bura Police Check point on a Probox registration number KCQ 622 M when he was stopped by one of the police officers on duty who at one point could be seen directing a torch towards the car and asking for “Kachai” a word they normally use for a bribe. Chief Abdulqadir who was on duty at that time for the HUDUMA NAMBA registration exercise, which was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta insisted nto to pay anything and drove towards Bura Town to continue with his journey.
After 15 minutes 4 officers (two in uniform and two others in civilian dress) pursued to apprehend him. As a universal human right, every human has a right to know the reason for his or her arrest. When the sub-chief identified himself as a government official, refused to pay a bribe and asked for the reason for his arrest, one of the officers by the name Munyoki (we could not get to know his full name) used the butt of his gun to hit the chief on the chest. Chief Abdulqadir Diis lost consciousness and fell to the ground. Mr Munyoki’s 3 other colleagues, a Mr Kariuki and two others who could not be identified by name dragged the chief to the police post which was 100m away from the scene of crime.
On the night the incident happened, pictures of the County Women Rep circulated on social media reportedly transporting the chief to hospital. She asked the resident to keep the calm as the matter has been reported to the authorities. What have the authorities done about this? Have the suspect officers recorded a statement with the police? Has the Service apologized to both the primary and secondary victims of this brutality? Why would it look like both the politicians and the police want to hush-hush this brutal incident? Wouldn’t this encourage other armed officers to continue harassing citizens?
I have been in Bura for the last one week and according to the locals, this has been the culture of the officers for more than a decade. If the police officers could beat a government official with such brutality and impunity, what could be the fate of the common man and woman? It is inconceivable that police brutality continues under the watchful eye of elected politicians, activists and relevant agencies. This sad action must be brought to an end and the Chief, Mr Kullow and all the victims of police brutality must find justice.