DCI launches probe into ‘violënce committed’ during Azimio demos

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 24 Mar, 2023 11:35 | 2 mins read
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Oppositon protesters on Monday, March 20, 2023. PHOTO/Courtesy

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has launched a probe into acts of violence that were committed during Azimio la Umoja- One Kenya coalition demonstrations Monday, March 20, 2023.

In a statement, the agency said the violence was committed by criminals and termed the protests as illegal.

"The criminals who took advantage of the demonstrations were captured on camera destroying public property, attacking innocent members of the public, and hurling projectiles at police officers who were on duty protecting life and property," DCI said.

At the same time, the agency said 33 police officers were injured during the protests and some of them are still recuperating in hospital.

"As a result, property of unknown value was destroyed while a total of 33 officers suffered injuries of various degrees and some are still recuperating at various hospitals in the city.

"A firearm whose magazine was loaded with 15 rounds of 9mm calibre was also lost by one of our officers, after he was attacked by a gang of a well-coordinated riotous mob, as the officers prevented destruction of public property in Embakasi area of Nairobi County," it stated.

DCI's appeal to members of public

DCI said while the right to assemble, picket, and petition is enshrined in the constitution, these rights should be exercised with civility and should not infringe on the rights of others.

Further, the agency said it has since identified faces of those captured committing crimes and has since launched manhunt for others.

"They will face charges ranging from the robbery with violence, malicious damage to public property and assault among other allied offences.

"Alternatively, the suspects are requested to present themselves at the Serious Crimes offices based at DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road or at their nearest police station before close of business today for further action," DCI added.

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