Uasin Gishu Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRD) programs Officer Kipkorir Ngetich has defended CS Interior Kithure Kindiki visits across the Country, saying that they have borne fruits and improved security in the volatile areas.
Ngetich said that Kindiki’s trips have helped him to understand his officers and reduce the rate of insecurity. He also congratulated Kindiki for his work and asked Kenyans not to politicize it.
Kindiki has been criticized for his many trips despite the Country experiencing harsh economic times. However, Ngetich said that Kindiki’s work is seen and that he has helped to improve security in areas where insecurity was the order of the day.
Ngetich added that Kindiki has ensured that insecurity has gone down since he was given the mantle and that Kenyans should not be fast to put impediments in his leadership.
The CHRD programs Officer’s comments come in the wake of a recent report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) that said that Kindiki’s trips have had a negative impact on human rights in Kenya. The HRW report said that Kindiki’s trips have led to an increase in extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses.
However, Ngetich disputed the HRW report’s findings, saying that Kindiki’s trips have actually helped to improve human rights in Kenya. He said that Kindiki has been working to ensure that the police force is more accountable and that human rights abuses are investigated and prosecuted.
Ngetich’s comments are likely to be met with skepticism by some, given the HRW report’s findings. However, they do provide some support for Kindiki’s claim that his trips have been beneficial for Kenya.