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Mathare residents take to the streets to protest police brutality

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On Monday residents of Mathare together with human rights activists took to the street to protest police brutality in the area.

Speaking to Ghetto Radio new, the residents are now calling on reform in the police force saying that the number of reported cases of police brutality is alarming.

Juliet Wanjera, a member of Mathare social justice said that the number of victims of police brutality is on the rise yet nothing seems to be done.

“Every time a case is reported we are silenced with an alleged investigation whose findings are never communicated. And we are not just protesting for Mathare, the number of cases that have been reported in his curfew period alone is alarming, even before this coronavirus there have been lots of cases of police brutality, why can’t we be friends with the police? Why must they kill? who is to protect us if the police are busy killing us? this must stop.” she said

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The protesters who were  joined by various social justice centers in Nairobi together with a section of Nairobi residents marched to Huruma Police Station where they were dispersed by the officers.

A crowd that had formed outside the police station was also dispersed using tear gas.

Last week, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) said six officers will be charged with various serious offenses committed during the ongoing dusk to dawn curfew.

IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori, said the decision was arrived at upon independent review of the case files by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“Following investigations by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority and upon an independent review of the case files by the Director of Public Prosecutions, six officers will be arrested and arraigned for various serious offences,” she said