The Inspector-General of Police (IG) Hillary Mutyambai has confirmed that police have taken action in the case where a cop was caught on camera vandalizing campaign posters from a campaign vehicle.
In a statement on Sunday, March 13, Mutyambai noted that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) had launched investigations into the incident after Chepkemoi reported the incident at the Kericho police station.
The cop is said to have been captured pulling down the placards posted on the vehicle of Quenas Chepkemoi, a female aspirant contesting the Kericho County Senatorial seat while she held a meeting with supporters.The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai speaking at a special seating held by the National Assembly's Committee on Education on February 26, 2021Kenyans.co.ke
"The National Police Service (NPS)is in receipt of a complaint by Chepkemoi whose posters pasted in her motor vehicle were pulled down by a known police officer. DCI investigating the incident for appropriate action" read the statement in part.
Mutyambai expressed remorse over the incident targeting the aspirant, adding that the investigations into the matter would be expedited.
"NPS regrets the incident, especially targeting a female aspirant. We wish to reiterate our highest assurances for the security of all aspirants and more specifically female candidates.
"No acts of hooliganism and intolerance directed against the vulnerable groups, including female, youth and persons with disability shall be tolerated from any quarters, including from those in law enforcement," the IG stated.
While making reference to a directive issued by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, on the security of female aspirants, Mutyambai urged law enforcement officers to remain vigilant in ensuring security during this electioneering period.
In addition, he noted that the service had established a mechanism to address all forms of harassment including SGBV and any other vulnerable individuals eyeing various elective posts in the August 9 General Election.
On November 1, Matiang'i told county commissioners and National Government Administration Officials (NGAOs) to give special attention to the vulnerable groups especially protecting them from intimidation or any form of violence.
"The maturity of our democracy will be tested on the level of participation of every voter and aspirant in the elections, including women and the vulnerable population. We really want women to participate in the forthcoming elections without any hindrance, and if they want any support, they should be accorded,” Dr. Matiang’i declaredInterior CS Fred Matiang'i (left) and Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai (right) at Rioma Police Station in Kisii on July 7, 2021harass violence
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