First Lady Lucy Kibaki on Sunday accused the police of using excessive force to quell the protests that erupted after the killing of seven taxi drivers.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, Mrs Kibaki said the use of force should never be tolerated in Kenya, which cherishes democracy, good governance and a right to peaceful protest and assembly.
She called on the police to expeditiously investigate and arrest the officers involved.
“I wish to condemn in the strongest terms possible the force meted out by the police on innocent wananchi (citizens), who had gathered to protest at the killing of seven taxi drivers in Kawangware, Nairobi, last Thursday,” said Mrs Kibaki.
The First Lady said there was no reason for the police to use excessive force on unarmed civilians who were demanding answers about the circumstances behind the killing of the drivers on Wednesday night.
On Thursday, residents of Kawangware went on the rampage, blocking roads with boulders and fires over the killings. Police who were brought in to quell the riots could be seen beating and kicking residents.