President Uhuru Apologises Over Police Brutality

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta inspecting military equipment
    President Uhuru Kenyatta inspecting military equipment
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has apologised to members of the public over the incidents involving police brutality experienced around the country since the beginning of the curfew.

    The head of state issued the apology while presenting the patients who had recovered from Covid-19 on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

    "I know especially when we introduced the curfew, in the initial stages there were some challenges. I apologize to all Kenyans for some excesses that were conducted or happened. But I want to assure you that if we work together, if we all understand that this problem needs all of us, then together we shall overcome," President Kenyatta stated.

    Police order Mombasa residents on ground on March 27, 2020 just hours before the start of nationwide curfew to curb spread of coronavirus.
    Police order Mombasa residents on the ground on March 27, 2020, just hours before the start of the nationwide curfew

    President Kenyatta urged members of the public to cooperate with law enforcement officers to facilitate the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

    He called upon Kenyans to take into consideration the directives issued by the government, noting that it was for the benefit and general good of the public.

    President Kenyatta thanked residents of Mombasa for the restoration of order at Likoni Channel and all those reworking their schedules and allowing Kenyans to leave work on time to beat the curfew.

    "Let us all understand that these measures are put in place to ensure the safety of all Kenyans. Let us work together to overcome this disease," President Kenyatta stated.

    "Undoubtedly, we as a government are preparing for the worst, but together with 47 million Kenyans, we are hoping and praying that we need not take further measures.

    "Once again, I just want to appeal to you my sisters and brothers, this is a problem that knows no race, age, tribe, or region. This is our problem together, and so long as we face it together, we shall overcome," he stated.

    Members of the public from around the country have decried police brutality during enforcement of the curfew, with a number of reported deaths and several cases of injuries making it to the headlines.

    On Tuesday, March 31, The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) released a statement notifying of cases of police brutality that are under investigation.

    Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji called for the police to exercise their mandate within the confines of the law and ordered for a probe into the death of a 13-year-old boy who was shot by officers on the evening of Monday, March 30, 2020, at Kiamaiko, Nairobi.