By Isaac kitti
A Non-Governmental Organization named Federation of Women lawyers (Fida) has issued a threat to go to court following the recent incident witnessed at the University of Nairobi where students were flogged mercilessly by Anti-Riot Police Officers.
Josephine Wambua Mong’are the Federation’s Chairperson reprimanded at the incident and ordered for speedy investigations adding that those found guilty should face the law. “Fida-Kenya will not hesitate to move to the courts to halt this inhumane act of violation of students’ rights if IPOA, the Inspector General of Police ( Joseph Boinet) and Director of Public Prosecutions ( Keriako Tobiko) fails to respond to the calls of Kenyans to act,” she said
“We particularly take issue with the repeated invasion in university premises and unleashing violence on students. It is very disturbing to learn that police officers are continuously allowed to invade Universities’ lecture rooms and halls of residence to attack students,” she said. The federation also condemned an incident that happened in St Peter’s Awich Kidingo ECDE Centre in Kisumu where nursery school children were sprayed with tear gas.
Fida has offered free legal representation to victims of the UON violence and have asked them to visit their offices. Ms Mong’are said invading students’ places of refuge like hostels and lecture halls is a clear indication of intended brutality by police officers. Fida Chairperson has accused the University of Nairobi administration of inviting the police into the institution.
“As Fida we are disappointed at the statements issued by IPOA. It is undoubtedly in limelight of the social media that majority of Kenyans are engaged in there could be false information doing round,” she said. Despite Fida’s call for legal actions to be taken in a similar incident that was reported in last year June 3, no police officer has been held responsible.