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Police stations should be equipped with psychologists – Haki Africa

[Haki Africa Rapid Response officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta. Photo/Courtesy].

Rights lobby Haki Africa has called for a deployment of professional psychologists in every police station countrywide to provide trauma counseling to police officers.

This is in the wake of reckless killings involving police officers and their spouse or lovers in the country.

The recent incident happened last Thursday at Mtongwe in Likoni Sub-county where a police officer killed a business lady Peninah Kaimenti at her ‘Muguka’ kiosk in Mtongwe.

Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said the move to send psychologist to police stations countrywide will tame reckless killing among police officers as they will get continuous counseling sessions from professionals.

Shipetta said the killings involving Police officers and their families or people they are mandate to secure has caused a lot of panic among Kenyans.

He appealed to the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i and other top security chiefs to consider the proposal.

Meanwhile Mr. Shipetta has appealed to the Independent Police Oversight Authority-IPOA to initiate an urgent probe over last Thursday killing of an innocent Peninah who was shot by Likoni Deputy Officer Commanding Station Joab Omondi.

Mr. Omondi also killed himself after felling down Peninah.

The two did not know each other contrary to earlier media reports.

Peninah was a ‘Muguka’ vendor at Mtongwe and Mr. Omondi approached the lady ordering her to turn off music, he drew his gun shot dead the lady and pulled the trigger on himself.

“This is a puzzle, the slain Deputy OCS possessed Masters degree in psychology from India and you wonder how can a highly qualified officer indulge in such inhuman act,” noted Mr. Shipetta.

He said Haki Africa is drumming for trauma counseling and guidance to security agents on work related issues.

“Psychological evaluation among police officers is inevitable, the government should team up with human rights defenders and religious leaders in solving the slowly growing psychological torture among police officers in the country,” noted Mr. Shipetta.

Investigation on what could have triggered the murder is still ongoing.

The two bodies are lying at the Coast Provincial general hospital morgue, Mombasa.