Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has stated that he will take legal action against the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome at the International Criminal Court (ICC) if police officers employ force during the planned Azimio demonstrations on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Kalonzo made these remarks during a church service in Mwingi on Sunday, July 16. He emphasized that the right to protest and demonstrate is protected by the Kenyan constitution, with the only condition being that individuals should not carry weapons. Kalonzo pointed out that the ICC has clear rules of engagement, holding individuals with the highest level of responsibility accountable, and in this case, the IG of Police, Japhet Koome.
Kalonzo highlighted the incident during last week’s peaceful protests in Mlolongo, where a youth was shot dead by police officers. This event triggered further unrest, leading to the destruction of the Nairobi Expressway. He argued that the actions of the police service ultimately fall under the responsibility of the IG, making him accountable for any abuses committed.
Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio la Umoja movement, had previously claimed that the Kenya Kwanza government had established a new, well-trained police unit specifically to deal with anti-government protests and Azimio la Umoja leaders. Raila alleged that this unit, known as the Operation Support Unit, was deployed during recent protests in Kamukunji, Mlolongo, and Jogoo Road. He further asserted that the unit consisted of a trained “killer squad” embedded within the official security agencies.
The statements made by Kalonzo and Raila reflect growing concerns about the use of force by the police during demonstrations and the alleged existence of a specialized unit aimed at suppressing dissent. These claims indicate the rising tensions between the government and opposition groups in Kenya, as well as the potential legal consequences that may arise from the handling of future protests.