KNCHR demands an investigation of how the police and demonstrators behaved on Monday.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has demanded an immediate investigation into how police and demonstrators behaved during Monday’s statewide demonstrations, which descended into chaos.

The KNCHR chairperson Roseline Odede denounced the protests in a statement on Monday, claiming they had led to “arrests, property destruction, injuries, and reports of use of live ammunition by the security agents.”

Ms. Odede stated that they are investigating the claims in coordination with the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) and will hold those responsible accountable if proven guilty.

“If verified, it would be very sad and the same can be prosecuted under the command responsibility concept,” added part of the statement.

She also requested that Japhet Koome, the Inspector General of Police, perform a similar investigation and make sure that the rules governing police behavior during demonstrations are followed.

The Kenya Police Service personnel must follow the checklist for maintaining public order during protests and gatherings, the KNCHR reiterated.

“The requirements, which are spelled out in the Kenyan Constitution and the Police Service Standing Orders, are quite explicit and must be obeyed to the letter and spirit of the law.

The commission also calls for the arrest and arraignment of anyone responsible for the looting or any other misbehavior.

“The Commission will continue to monitor and record the current situation and reiterates to Kenyans that rights must be exercised within the parameters of the law and in a manner that respects the rights of others, including; protection of right to property by private and public entities and right to freedom and security of the person.”

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