Police have vowed to fully implement the anti-covid-19 measures amid protests from human rights defenders.
Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said police will fully implement the orders from President Uhuru Kenyatta following public ignorance.
In a statement to newsrooms Mutyambai said the police will work closely with County Inspectorate to ensure that all the Covid-19 containment measures are fully adhered to.
According to the IG, the public must always abide by the health protocols put in place by the Ministry of health in a bid to tame the spread of the virus.
He said the second wave of the virus has hit the country hard due to public relaxation.
“We will fully implement all the president orders including the 10 pm nationwide curfew,” read part of the statement.
However, human rights defenders have objected to the formation of a special unit to enforce all the anti-covid-19 measures.
Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said police will violate human rights in guise of implementing the orders.
He said police have been known to use excessive force in implementing various government orders.
“Many Kenyans have died in the hands of police officer and giving the police more powers will only lead to massive gross violation of human rights,” noted Mr. Khalid.
He said the human rights activists will closely monitor the implementation of the said orders and report any massive violation of human rights.
“We will gather all the evidence of harassment that police will impose to innocent Kenyans and pursue legal actions,” he disclosed.
[Human rights defenders during a press briefing on Thursday in Nairobi. They opposed to the formation of special police unit to enforce Covid-19 containment measures. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
During his national address barely a day ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the IG to constitute a special police unit to ensure fully adherence of all the Covid-19 health protocols.
The president further launched the ‘No mask no service’ campaign to force Kenyans to wear face masks whenever in public places.
The unit comprises of the regular and the administration police as well as the County Inspectorate.
The police were directed to impose a 20,000 shillings fine on the spot.