At the end of 2010 the Kenya Police hired a public relation firm to boost their reputation and image. In January 2011 under covered policemen were caught on camera killing three unarmed suspects, lying down on the ground, at point-blank.
That’s nothing new in Kenya; extra judicial killings are common occurrences. Every other month, if not more often, the newspapers have articles of “suspects” being killed before committing the crime. In Kenya the sentence for being a suspect is death.
Not one Public Relation Company can put glitters on the suffering of a family whose loved one has been murdered, maimed, tortured or scared at the hands of a police force.
Not one public relations, unless in cahoots with the police, can legitimize atrocities or promote the non-existent goodness of a police force while the underlying core problem of acting with impunity remains. A PR company does not have the required expertise to add or replace a police academy in providing any type of police training be it simple as leadership or management.
The judicial system in Kenya is corrupt and extra judicial killing is quick and less cumbersome than facing justice. Can a PR company change this mindset?
The Kenya Police force needs competent training from reputable police instructors in civic education and their role in protecting the life and property of every citizen.
They need better pay, adequate living quarters, transports, working emergency centers, computers, and a proper communication system.
The only visible expenses the government has done on their behalf are the padded star wars outfits used to brutally repress public strife.
The Kenya Police is squandering money on public relations while denying citizen basic services and protection due to lack of fund.
Police stations are recognizable by the bright-colored ensign painted at the entrance of a building. The inside is pallid, the police personnel on duty are usually rude and at time threatening. A smile and a listening ear are metered by the amount of the bribe given. Adversely mention the name of a prominent person and no one moves, no one helps, no one listens.
Really, can a PR company justify these pictures.
- Police accused over shooting in Kenya (bbc.co.uk)
- Caught on camera: Kenya cops kill pliant suspects (sfgate.com)
- Police: 3 men fatally shot on busy street in Kenya; officers suspended (cnn.com)
- Kenya police accused over shooting (bbc.co.uk)