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LSK seeks court order to eject Traffic boss

Main Topix: National Police Service Commission - Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru
LSK has filed a suit seeking orders to eject Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru over increased tragic road accidents. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has filed a suit seeking orders to eject Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru over increased tragic road accidents. The suit seeks a declaration that the Traffic Commandant is unfit to hold office following omissions, actions, abuse of power and gross neglect of Constitutional and Statutory duties. LSK has included the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) as respondents in the case filed at the High Court in Mombasa. The suit further seeks an order directing the NPSC to sack Mr Samuel Kimaru as an employee of the Service. According to the plaint (legal papers) drawn and filed by Ndegwa Muthama Katisya & Associates Advocates who are representing LSK, thousands of lives are being lost on roads. “Neglect of duty by the Traffic Commandant and the NPSC leads to loss of over 3,000 lives on the road annually,” says LSK in the plaint. LSK told the High Court that over 9,000 people are maimed for life annually, 26,000 vehicles...
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House wants JSC members investigated

Main Topix: Legal Affairs Committee Samuel Chepkonga - National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi
Judicial Service Commissioners address a press conference. Nairobi, Kenya: A parliamentary committee report has recommended that President Uhuru Kenyatta sets up a tribunal to investigate six commissioners of the Judicial Service Commission accused of impropriety. The Justice and Legal Affairs Committee wants commissioners Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Samuel Kobia, Christine Mango, Mohammed Warsame, Emily Ominde and Florence Mwangangi investigated by the special tribunal for flouting the law. Just a day after a court order sought to stop the committee from tabling the report, the chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi) tabled the report. The National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said there was no way courts could stop what the House had already set in motion. The MPs cited Chapter Six of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity and Article 161(1) which designates the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary as the accounting officer and administrator of the Judiciary Fund, as those that had been breached by the commissioners who sit on the JSC’s Finance and Administration Committee. The House team said the commissioners had, on the face of it, flouted...

Kimaiyo denies threatening journalists

Main Topix: Constitution And National Police Service Act - Police David Kimaiyo
Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo, in a four-page statement, lectures the media on what constitutes acceptable reportage. Nairobi, Kenya: Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo has denied ever threatening to prosecute journalists over the Westgate coverage. In a four-page statement in which the police chief lectures the media on what constitutes acceptable reportage, he says he only “cautioned and also urged members of the media to embrace objective reporting and even make positive criticism where necessary so as to help the NPS (National Police Service) offer even better services”. Last week, the Standard Group CEO Sam Shollei and KTN investigative editors Mohamed Ali and John-Allan Namu received official summonses “to compel attendance” before the Kilimani CID boss George Ojuka. In the summonses, the police made it clear that they were “making an inquiry into alleged offence of unlawful sending of misleading messages” and that failure to heed them was an offence under Section 52 of the National Police Service Act. Monday, lawyers for the Standard Group obtained verbal assurances from DCIO Ojuka that the summons had been revoked. The Standard Group...

Why we must all guard against assault on press freedom

Main Topix: Kenya Information And Communication Act - National Police Service Act
This week marked a dark day for press freedom, as the first Inspector-General of what should be a reformed Police Service under the new Constitution, aimed the first salvo against the very essence of the reforms that Kenyans have for decades been fighting for. David Kimaiyo, who should have known better made it clear on Wednesday that journalists will be arrested and prosecuted over their coverage of the Westgate Mall terror attack and security response. And yesterday, a Mr George Ojuka, a senior superintendent of police, dispatched summonses to the CEO of the Standard Group, Mr Sam Shollei, and two investigative editors of broadcast wing KTN, Messrs John Allan-Namu and Mohamed Ali, compelling them to visit the CID Kilimani station for an inquiry under Section 52 of the National Police Service Act 2011. Mr Ojuka said he was making an inquiry into “the alleged offence of unlawful sending of misleading messages contrary to Section 44 of the Kenya Information and Communication Act”. The police action came one day after Kimaiyo accused journalists of “provoking propaganda and inciting Kenyans against the...

Officer interdicted over hate on Facebook

Main Topix: National Police Service Reform Committees - National Police Service Association
Inspector General of police David Kimaiyo speaking during the launch of the National Police Service Reform Committees. A police officer has been interdicted on suspicions that he spread hate messages on social media. “All those operating social media (accounts) in the name of police and issuing hate statements or using undisciplined dirty language, will be traced and if found, will have themselves to blame,” he said. Mr Kimaiyo added that whereas police were free to join Facebook, they should do so using their names. The police chief further directed his officers to steer away from politics. “The National Police Service Act 2011, is clear on the disciplined service, that they cannot be members of any registered or non-registered organization other than the National Police Service Association,” he said. The police chief himself has for some time operated a Facebook page and a Twitter account, a departure from former police bosses before him. The Kenya Police opened similar accounts last week, saying they would be used to give regular security updates to the media and the public. Mr Kimaiyo issued the...
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Join social media but observe ethics, Kimaiyo tells officers

Main Topix: Inspector General Of Police David Kimaiyo - National Police Service Association
Kimaiyo Says That All Officers Of The National Police Service Will Not Be Members Of Clubs. Photo  FILEKimaiyo says that all officers of the National Police Service will not be members of clubs. NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 18 – Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has warned police officers against involving themselves in party politics or joining other associations or groups other than the National Police Service Association. Kimaiyo says that all officers of the National Police Service are not and will not be members of clubs, associations or societies other than those existing for the purposes of recreation like sport, education or social activities. In a statement, the police chief says officers must be guided by the National Police Service Act of 2011 which states that police officers shall not be members of any registered or non-registered organisation other than the National Police Service Association. While officers are allowed to have social media accounts, Kimaiyo warns them against being part of group accounts which some of them use to spew hate speech or comment on matters while hiding behind illegal groups. “All those operating social media in the name of police and issuing hate statement or dirty...
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Do not expand police powers, urges rights group

Main Topix: Independent Police Oversight Authority - National Police Service Commission Act
Human Rights Watch has urged Kenyan law makers to reject proposed amendments to the National Police Service Act of 2011 and the National Police Service Commission Act of 2011. The rights group fears that this move could increase worrying extrajudicial killings, and endanger the long-awaited police reforms. The proposed amendments could exacerbate worrying patterns of police abuse and extrajudicial killings, and jeopardize the long-awaited police reforms, Human Rights Watch said. The amendments seek to expand the legal use of firearms to include protecting property and preventing someone charged with a serious crime from escaping lawful custody. The Kenyan police have regularly been implicated in extrajudicial killings and other serious abuses prior to the 2007-2008 post-election violence. The amendments also enhance the influence of the president and cabinet secretary for Interior and National Coordination over the police and the commission. Kenyan lawmakers have been urged to reject amendments to police laws that would expand the legal use of firearms and weaken civilian oversight over police abuses, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. “Kenyan lawmakers shouldn’t be expanding police powers when there are...

MPs criticise police lipstick rule

A police boss has been taken to task over a directive barring women officers from applying make-up. MPs on Monday criticised Deputy Inspector General Grace Kaindi for barring women police officers from applying make-up and adorning other beauty accessories. Ms Kaindi directed that female police officers should not wear lipstick or fashionable clothes, bangles and big earrings while on duty. The circular reference C/CUS/VOL.VIII/16G warns that any officer found with the banned items will have breached Force Standing Order CAP 37 and the National Police Service Act 2011 Section 87-88 and will be punished. But on Monday, members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Administration and National Security termed the directive as archaic, extreme, petty and undermined individual rights. Led by Baringo Women Representatives Grace Kiptui, they said female police officers valued accessories and had a personal attachment to them. “Being a lady I know the value and the attachment we put to our jewellery. I do not see why female officers should be barred from wearing earrings,” she said. Wajir North MP Ibrahim Abdi Saney said the directive was...

Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri spends night in cell for assault

Nakuru, Kenya: Bahati Member of Parliament (MP) Kimani Ngunjiri has been charged in a Nakuru court with six counts related to an incident where he assaulted a traffic policewoman. Resident Magistrate Rita Amwayi, however, remanded the legislator in police custody for a day after the prosecution said the investigation had not been completed. The MP faced two separate charges after he allegedly assaulted police officer Maria Mutheo while she was on official duty in Nakuru town on Thursday evening. In the first set of three counts, Ngunjiri denied obstructing a police officer while in her due execution of police duties on August 15. He also denied resisting arrest contrary to section 103 (a) of the National Police Service Act 2011. The third count stated that on the same day he assaulted the same police officer. The MP faces other three traffic offences including failing to observe traffic rules, failure to observe verbal instructions by the said officer and driving a defective motor vehicle. He denied all the counts. His lawyer David Mongeri applied for the court to release his client...

Police use of guns in self defense criticized

A matatu tout is tonight receiving treatment at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital after he was shot by a policeman earlier today. The policeman has since recorded a statement and has been set free. This brings to light the pending introduction of a contentious clause in the national police service act that allows the police to use their firearms in self-defense KTN’s Ben Kitilli reports....