Human rights organisation across the country have opposed to the formation of Special Enforcement Unit-SEU to ensure fully adherence to the Covid-19 containment measures.
The 15 human rights organisations drawn from various parts of the country said the country has already witnessed serious violation of human rights especially in Nairobi, North Eastern and the Coast region and formation of the special unit will only worsen the situation.
Addressing journalists in Nairobi on Thursday, the organisations led by Haki Africa cautioned the government against constituting such unit.
Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said the human rights lobby gathered adequate data of gross human rights violation in the guise of combating the spread of Covid-19 in various parts of the country.
According to Mr. Khalid security forces are known to violate human rights, harass, intimidate and kill and they cannot be given such mandate.
“The evidence is clear, we saw a 13 year old boy Yassin Moyo murdered in cold blood by police in Nairobi in the name of enforcing the nationwide curfew. Is that what we want as Kenyans?” posed Khalid.
He said the country has witnessed massive gross human rights violation and police cannot be fronted to combat the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
“In fact such initiative should be led by heath workers, religious and community leaders among other volunteers and not security forces,” said Khalid.
The human rights defender called for a thwart of the idea since it will only frighten Kenyans who are already going through hard psychological and economic times as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the initiative has an impact on the social, economic and political state of the country, vehemently opposing it.
During his national address on Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta urged the Inspector General of police Hillary Mutyambai to constitute a special unit to enforce the Covid-19 containment measures in the country.
The unit will comprise of the regular police the administration police and the county inspectorate.
However the human rights organisation among them Kangemi Grassroots Human Rights Movement, Usawa na Uhaki Organisation among others have strongly objected to the idea saying it will only lead to gross human rights violation in the country.