The Independent Policing Oversight Authority has called on the public to volunteer information on police misconduct in order to ensure there is accountability in the Police Service.
And such information would be treated with utmost confidentiality to protect the identity of the sources, the Authority also assured, including by engaging the Witness Protection Agency.
This was part of a discussion during a current affairs programme at Ramogi TV, in which IPOA’s Head of Investigations Mr. Evans Okeyo renewed an appeal to the public sharing information with the Authority whenever incidents of police excesses occur.
“When members of the public share information with us, it helps us to come up with a watertight cases within the shortest time possible,” he said.
He further assured the audiences that investigations into the fatal shooting of a Maseno University student and the killing of another man in Kondele during Azimio La Umoja demonstrations in Kisumu last month were almost complete.
“We have identified officers who were at the two scenes. We are just waiting for the ballistic analysis report,” Mr Okeyo said, urging members of the public who collected spent cartridges from the shooting scenes to surrender them to IPOA.
The TV station broadcasts in Dholuo language.
Regarding the shooting of a Form 2 student in Kisumu, the head of investigations said preliminary reports indicate the force used was not justified. He said the officers involved have been grilled and that the probe is almost through.
He acknowledged that the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions last week approved the charging of eight police officers for various offenses after IPOA completed investigations, and that currently, at least 120 cases involving police officers are pending in court.
“We only share our investigations report with the Office of the DPP. Not members of the public and this has led to the belief that we are slow or not working effectively,” he said.