The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has opened investigations into a shooting incident that left a bodaboda rider dead in Nairobi’s Kirinyaga road.
In a statement, IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori called for calm, as the Authority looks into the matter, promising that once fault is found, action will be taken against the officer involved.
“In line with provisions of IPOA Act, which dictates that injuries occasioned by actions of the police be investigated by the authority, a Rapid Response team has been dispatched to the area with instructions to obtain all relevant information that may be relevant in unveiling the circumstances surrounding the incident,” said Makori.
“Where fault is found, the authority shall not hesitate to make recommendations, including but not limited to prosecution.”
In the shooting that occurred on Saturday morning, witnesses claimed that an officer from the Kamukunji police station shot the rider after he refused to offer a bribe.
Angry bodaboda riders while protesting the shooting of one of their own are said to have injured the officer who is currently undergoing treatment at a city hospital.
The shooting came barely a day after another incident left one person wounded in Gatung’ang’a, Mathira in Nyeri County.
Officers who were on patrol enforcing curfew rules shot one person.