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Martha Karua questions ‘series of blunders’ by Police

Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua has questioned the series of blunders exhibited by the police in recent times.

Karua who was the running mate of Azimio leader Raila Odinga in the 2022 presidential elections suggested it was worrying to note that the blunders are becoming a norm in the National Police Service (NPS).

“The National Police Service is becoming your new currency. Remember the DCI false photos apology? What say you to this IG Japheth Koome?,” the vocal politician tweeted.

Her comments come weeks after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) shared fake photos it said were of suspects alleged to have been behind the chaos and violence during anti-government protests led by Mr Odinga.

NTV later exposed the photos as fake, with some of them having been taken in different countries, while others were taken as far back as in 2008.

Although the DCI through their social media owned up and apologized to the public, it also blamed the public for the mix-up, arguing that most of the photos had been sent to them via a hashtag they created online.

The second blunder by the Police was when it wrongly informed the public that the police officer who died during Azimio demonstrations in Kisumu was killed by protesters.

However, it turned out that the officer was run over by a police vehicle.

The police had earlier told the public that Corporal Ben Oduor was killed by a stone hurled by protesters.

Another expose by NTV revealed otherwise.

Ms Karua, a renowned lawyer and activist, has since demanded information as to whether the deceased officer was taken to hospital and whether it is true that the police vehicle that ran him over drove off and left him at the scene.

“Are there plans to compensate the family of the deceased,” she posed.

Police are yet to comment on the death of the police officer.

In a related development Police boss Japheth Koome has insisted the relationship between the media and the police remains okay, mutual and respectful.

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