Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader, Raila Odinga has accused the Police for being a threat to peace and unity in the country.
During an interview with a local radio station on Friday, 27, 2021, the former Prime Minister condemned the recent cases of police brutality and death of civilians in the hands of some members of the National Police Service (NPS).
The former Prime Minister called for speedy implementation of police reforms to save innocent Kenyans from the injustices by some Police officers.
In his statement, Raila regretted that in this day and era, there are some police officers who are still operating with colonialist mentality when dealing with civilians.
“We have a police service that is operating with colonialist mentality…Their work was to target Africans and beat them,” Raila stated.
The Opposition leader also noted that the Police have now become the source of problems and threats to the lives of the civilians instead of protecting them.
“Even if you were to get stranded or lost in town and approach an officer to give you direction, chances are that you will end up getting arrested and in a police cell being asked to give a bribe of Sh2,000 (sic),” Raila said.
Raila revealed that some of his close friends have fallen a victim to the police harassment and brutality.
“I was kept waiting for them in the boardroom only to hear my friends and associates could not show up because they were arrested on their way for flimsy reasons,” Raila narrated.
He further cited the recent cases of suicide and murders among police officers, stating that it is impossible for them to serve Kenyans better with the rising cases of suicide and murder among themselves.
The ODM party leader advised the government to implement the National Police Service (NPS) reforms to solve the cases of civilians dying in the hands of the police.