Police quick to serve the mighty
A combination of photos showing National Police Service Commission boss Johnstone Kavuludi (left) and Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo (right). The Baseline Survey On Policing Standards And Gaps In Kenya, which was launched on Wednesday, shows that 62 per cent of robbery cases never proceeded beyond the police stations in which they were reported, because too little evidence was gathered to warrant a consideration for trial. The casual manner in which police and prosecutors work has been exposed in a new report.
The report is the result of a survey commissioned by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority and conducted in 36 Counties. He further explained that police would usually move fast to act on a matter if it’s reported by a person regarded as influential.
Of the few that were taken to court, 78 per cent were thrown out even before the case reached a point where the accused person was required to defend himself or herself, simply because the evidence adduced was deemed too weak. “The review of felony cases files indicates a conviction rate of 25 per cent.
This means that only one in four cases ends in a conviction. This finding raises concern because it reveals poor quality investigations and challenges for police to determine which cases are ripe for prosecution,” part of the report reads.
The survey involved an analysis of 203 case files at Kamukunji, Kilimani, Kariobangi and Huruma police stations in Nairobi, as well as interviews with 515 officers.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily NationSimilar Stories