The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) chairperson Anne Makori castigated Inspector General Japhet Koome for terming them as a 'busy body' agency.
Makori, in a statement released on Saturday, December 17, chided the Inspector General who gave the police a 'shoot to kill' order while handling suspects.
"Our attention is drawn to the unfortunate and dangerous statement attributed to the Inspector General of Police Eng. Japhet Koome yesterday where he gave police officers a shoot to kill order against suspected criminals," reads the statement.
Further, Makori intimated that for the last ten years that the Authority has been in existence, it strived to ensure Kenyans' confidence in the men and women in uniform increased.
"IPOA has made policy recommendations that have reduced crime by embedding the police to live within communities, helped realise a functional Internal Affairs Unit, informed acquisition of police vehicles for rapid response and officer safety in operations," the statement continued.
However, the Authority noted that many police officers have acted within the confines of the law, and the circumstances for the use of force and firearms are well spelt out in the legislation.
IG, who spoke in Nairobi, urged his officers not to hesitate to use firearms if prompted while executing their mandate.
“Officers, we don’t want to hear you’ve been hurt, your hand cut, yet you have a gun. Count on the IG to stand with you.
"We have a committed CS. Do not be cowed by the busybodies who keep on calling for the arrest of police officers. Today we are mourning, and I don’t see them anywhere,” he declared.
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