IPOA Claps Back At Police IG Japhet Koome

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has responded to remarks by Police Inspector General Japhet Koome that lumped it among ‘busy bodies’ concerning itself with the National Police Service’s affairs. 

In a statement issued on Saturday, IPOA chairperson Anne Makori also castigated the IG over ‘shoot to kill’ remarks he made against suspected criminals.

“Our attention is drawn to the unfortunate and dangerous statement attributed to the Inspector General of Police Eng. Japhet Koome yesterday where he gave police officers a shoot to kill order against suspected criminals,” reads the statement in part. 

Makori added that the authority has for the last 10 years been busy ensuring that officers mandated to protect lives and property of Kenyans operate within the confines of the law.

“For the 10 years the Authority has been in existence, rightfully, it has been busy, ultimately to ensure that Kenyans have confidence in the men and women in uniform – the police – in whom they entrust their lives and property on a daily basis. In this period, the impact of IPOA on policing has been significant,” said Makori.

“IPOA has made policy recommendations that have reduced crime by embedding the police to live within communities; helped realise a functional Internal Affairs Unit; informed acquisition of police vehicles for rapid response and officer safety in operations.” 

IPOA added that a majority of officers within the NPS follow the law, noting that out of 20,000 complaints against the police only 500 files have been forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions with recommendations to charge.

“In all, the Authority wishes to remind police officers where criminal culpability has been established, that is after investigations, it is individuals who have been called to account: not the Service, not a Unit and it is expected that there will be compliance with the Sixth Schedule, Part C on specific responsibilities of superior officers from issuing unlawful orders,” said Makori.  

“Lastly, IPOA reiterates its respect for the Constitutional mandate and role of all agencies in the justice system and will not be drawn to comment on matters in Court as that would amount to sub-judice. IPOA remains impartial and committed to its mandate.”