Babu Owino's WhatsApp message to Matiang'i over JKUAT police brutality

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Police officers are under fire for using excessive force on Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) students on Monday.

This is after several videos circulated online showed police officers bludgeoning students who were protesting insecurity around the institution.

One video widely circulated video shows police officers surrounding a student as they kicked his head and chest, while one pummelled him with a hoe handle, which the force uses instead of the prescribed baton.

A second video shows a police officer demanding a hostel door be opened. When that is not done, he lobs a teargas canister inside.

The videos caused a storm on social media as Kenyans on Twitter formed hashtags, #JKUATLivesMatter and #StopPoliceBrutality to voice their concerns, hoping that justice would be served.

Babu Owino [Photo: Boniface Okendo/Standard]

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino decided to take action over the brutality displayed by the police, contacting Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and Inspector General of police Hillary Mutyambai via WhatsApp.

“Hello Sir, look at how our officers beat up a student at JKUAT. Kindly do something. You should condemn it coz they are giving the police service a bad image,” Babu texted  Inspector -General Mutyambai.

Babu's message to Matiang'i.
Babu's message to the IG.

Before the night ended, Matiang'i took to Twitter.  “I have spoken to the IG and we both agree that firm and decisive action shall be taken against any officer who used excessive force within the next 24 hours,” he posted. 

Here is a sample of reactions from Twitter users:


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