The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched probe into the alleged failure of the police to protect properties owned by Former President Uhuru Kenyatta and Azimio Leader Raila Odinga.
In a statement, IPOA chairperson Anne Makori said that there was a possibility that polce did not carry out their directive in accordance with the law during the Azimio La Umoja Party Protests.
“The Independent Policing Oversight Authority(IPOA),in execution of its mandate under section (C) of its Act today monitored how the Police engaged in public order management in the protests called for by the Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya Coalition across the country,” Ms. Makori said.
IPOA is also investigating three shooting incidences in Kisumu and Migori, which led to the loss of two lives and injury to one protestor.
“The Authority has noted and taken up four matters for investigations which will seek to establish the level of police compliance with Article 244 of the Constitution, the Public Order Act and any other laws related to public management and use of force,” she said.
Ms. Makori said that IPOA monitors will remain deployed on the ground to ensure accountability by the National Police Service Officers.
“The Authority strongly calls upon the police to abide by the law in exercising their constitutional function of protection of life and property in line with the National Police Service Act, Section 24(d),’she added.