Kalonzo warns IG Koome of ICC consequences over police brutality

Written by on 17 July 2023

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has warned the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome that he will bear the biggest responsibility on police brutality in case he is taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Speaking on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at Full Gospel Churches of Kenya in Mwingi, Kalonzo accused the police of using brutal force against demonstrators.

“I want to remind the Inspector General of police that Kenya is under the ICC. There is a higher court and the rules of engagement are very clear, that a person, or persons bearing the highest responsibility Ikiwa ni polisi ambao wanaua watu kama swara, yule ambaye atakuwa responsible ni IG of police,” Kalonzo said.

Kalonzo’s accusations come a day after the United Nations expressed concerns about police brutality meted on demonstrators during protests organised by the opposition.

In a statement on Friday, the UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Jeremy Laurence accused the government of unnecessary or disproportionate use of force, including the use of firearms by police.

“Reports say up to 23 people have been killed and dozens injured in the demonstrations in the past week. We call for prompt, thorough, independent and transparent investigations into the deaths and injuries. Those responsible must be held to account. Effective measures to prevent further deaths and injuries must be adopted,” Laurence stated.

Planned protests

On Friday, Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party announced that it would resume anti-government protests from Wednesday.

In a statement on Friday, July 14, the opposition coalition said the demonstrations will be held thrice next week — on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“Going forward, the peaceful protests will now be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week, in line with requests from the public to include three days of activity. Let’s meet on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday,” the statement read.

However, President William Ruto has vowed to stop any demonstrations in the country.

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