The National Police Service has denounced claims by the UDA party, alleging its complicity in instances of violence involving the party.
Through its spokesperson Bruno Shioso, NPS issued a statement denying any involvement in the violence that has marred UDA campaign rallies in the recent past.
NPS was responding to UDA’s letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta alleging the emergence of State-enabled violence in Kisumu, Busia, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Murang’a and Kisii counties.
NPS dismissed the allegations as utterly baseless, false in nature and maliciously intended to injure the reputation of NPS and its officers.
NPS also said none of the allegations UDA listed in their letter has been formally reported to them.
“The allegations are utterly baseless and false in nature and are maliciously intended to injure the reputation of the NPS and its officers. None of the allegations listed in the said letter have been formally reported to the NPS,” NPS said.
NPS also emphasised that it is a professional institution committed to the rule of law that upholds laid out protocols.
“The National Police Service is a professional institution that is committed to the rule of law and upholding of laid out protocols that guide the conduct of political rallies and other public events. These guidelines will continue to be upheld fairly. firmly. and robustly without favours or exceptions,” NPS added.
NPS urged all stakeholders to exercise sobriety and refrain from actions that undermine Kenyan institutions and offices critical to the unity and security of the country.
“As the count, heads to the General Election. we urge all stakeholders to exercise sobriety and refrain from acts and deeds that undermine our institutions and offices that are critical to the unity and security of the Nation,” NPS added
They also said the allegations form a sustained and regrettable streak of unfounded, outrageous and provocative allegations by the UDA leadership.