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Are Kenya Policemen A Law Unto Themselves?

A UN official who has been visiting Kenya told reporters he has uncovered evidence that Kenya police operate with impunity and regard their decisions as final in dealing with those they deem to be criminals. “I (found) the existence of a systematic, widespread and clearly planned strategy to execute individuals carried out on a regular bais by Kenya police.” UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston urged President Kibaki to fire the Police Commissioner and to initiate an impartial investigation into these killings. A government spokesperson rushed to the defense of the police and claimed Alston’s report was made “in bad faith, almost impinging on matters of sovereignty.” Naturally, the Police Commissioner insisted all was well in the world and no one was getting executed.

There is scant doubt wagons are being drawn into the circle as everyone in the government rushes to the defense of the status quo.