The High court on Monday awarded five victims of police brutality a total of Sh25 million as compensation. Justice John Mativo, in a judgement, said the five, who were separately tortured and treated in an inhumane manner by state agents, had proved their rights were violated.
Eliud Wefwafwa, Patrick Musungu, Samuel Wangila, Patson Kipchiris and Joshua Mark Okello, tortured in 1982, 1995 and 2008, will get Sh5 million each. He said the most important duty of police officers is to protect fundamental rights of citizens under their custody and prevent all forms of atrocities.
It was the view of Justice Mativo that the old Constitution prohibited police brutality and the vicious attacks visited upon innocent citizens was unjustified. "Such acts should only be consigned in the dustbin of our history never to resurface again," the judge said. He said owing to the political climate of that time, it was impossible for victims of human rights abuses to seek court redress but the door was opened by the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution.
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