Government wants to reduce powers of Ipoa through law

Macharia Njeru, the chairman of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, in Nairobi on August 4, 2016. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • A proposed amendment seeks to prevent the Independent Policing Oversight Authority from interrogating at will and accessing records and evidence lodged against rogue officers.

  • The government argues that such information is “privileged,” and the civilian oversight body cannot therefore summon individual officers or demand production of vital information without going through the bureaucratic police command and other government red tape.

The civilian police oversight body could soon lose its power to check police excesses if the government succeeds in changing the law.

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