Nairobi, 19 July, 2023 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Kenya have condemned police brutality on “innocent Kenyans” in the latest round of opposition-led anti-government protests and called upon law enforcement officers to target criminals, who infiltrate groups of demonstrators.
In a Wednesday, July 19 collective statement shared with ACI Africa, members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) say, “We, Catholic Bishops, strongly condemn the police brutality inflicted upon innocent Kenyans during the protests.”
“We understand there are criminals who disguise themselves among protesters to vandalize property, steal from people, injure and even kill people in their evil schemes. These are the ones the police should go for to ensure peaceful demonstrations are conducted according to the law,” KCCB members further say.
They emphasize, “Police cannot take advantage to brutalize innocent Kenyans. Such acts are unacceptable and must not be tolerated under any circumstance.”
Police brutality undermines the fundamental principles of the rule of law, human rights, and justice, KCCB members further say in their six-page statement in which they express their solidarity with those who were brutalized during previous protests that resulted in multiple deaths, and destruction of property.