Despite human rights defenders gnashing former Mombasa county Police commandant Johnston Ipara, Mr. Ipara received support from anti-drug activist in the county.
According to an anti-drug activist Taib Abdulrahman, it is through Ipara’s efforts that violence against people who use drugs in the county reduced.
Taib said the anti-drug lobby Reachout Centre Trust worked closely with police to tame violence against people who use drugs.
He said such efforts led to a series of police- anti drug activist forums aimed at equipping police with relevant information about drugs dependence syndrome.
He termed Ipara as a considerate person who changed the script about drug users, urging his police officers to help people immersed in drug addiction to be registered for methadone treatment.
“These engagement led to the judiciary too referring drug users who have been arrested to rehabilitation programs instead of detaining them in police cells, these are really progressive anti- drug efforts,” noted Mr. Taib.
He appealed for the same support and working relationship between the new county Police Commandant Mr. Augustine Ndhumbi to bridge the gap between the police and the community.
“By bridging the gap between police and the community, we are enhancing information sharing that in return will enable police combat criminal activities within our locality.
[From right; RCT Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman, Johnstone Ipara and MV-CODE Coordinator Hassan Omar Abdallah. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
The RCT Executive Director said anti-drug activists will closely work with security agencies to ensure the two parties supplement each other’s effort in a bid to tame crime in the county.
While addressing stakeholders during his farewell party in Mombasa, Mr. Ipara defended his record saying he worked tirelessly to stabilise security in Mombasa.
Ipara said it was during his reign that he brought calmness in Mombasa and worked closely with human rights defenders to enhance community dialogue forums at grassroots level.
However, human rights defenders said it is through his reign from mid 2017 that a total of 24 people were extrajudicially exterminated, and 10 others mysteriously disappeared under police custody.
“We do not want him to be transferred from Mombasa to Uasin Gishu county, we want an immediate probe against him and a summary dismissal, ” noted MUHURI Chairperson, Khelef Khalifa.