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Appalling Security Situation in Northern Regions of Kenya

deaths and displacement of innocent civilians in regions of Baringo, Garissa and Wajir in Kenya. This is not the first time these appalling cases of senseless attacks are occurring.

The human rights situation in these regions among others is devastating. It has created a climate of fear and anxiety within the local population. We are calling upon all communities to exercise maximum restraint to de-escalate the situation.

To bring itself into compliance with domestic and international law, the government of Kenya must act immediately to restore security, prevent further attacks, and end the environment of impunity in these regions.

ICPC urges the office of Inspector General of National Police Service and Director of Directorate of Criminal Investigations to take appropriate proactive measures of deploying competent and effective team of criminal investigation officers in the regions to identify, isolate and arrest the perpetrators.

Communities’ dialogues will only be effective if backed by rigorous enforcement of law against perpetrators. We have always urged the Government of Kenya to bring perpetrators of crime to justice as an integral part of deterrence and finding permanent solutions.

Finally, we are calling for an expeditious process of creating and strengthening county based policing and law enforcement system.  It is the responsibility of the National Police Service Commission and Office of the Inspector General of National Police Service to ensure every Kenyan is secure and safe. The two agencies need to fast track the process of overhauling, restructuring and transforming the National Police Service, especially the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to ensure capable, credible and effective Service that meets its constitutional obligations to the people of Kenya.

 

Signed

Ndung’u Wainaina

Executive Director