Police are the leading violators of constitutional rights, according to a survey released on Tuesday.
The survey by Ipsos says that brutality and extra-judicial killings are some the most common violations attributed to law enforcement officers.
It was carried out between June 4 and 18, way before the much publicised abduction, detention, torture and brutal killing of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri.
Four Administration Police officers are detained over the triple murders.
However, many Kenyans who participated in the survey—59 per cent—appeared not to be aware of constitutional violations. “While over half of all Kenyans say they are unaware of any major recent violations of the Constitution or rule-of-law, those who most frequently mention police brutality, disobeying court orders and extra-judicial killings are 10 per cent, 9%, and 7%, respectively,” the survey shows.
The issue also divided Kenyans on political grounds. Twice as many supporters of Cord compared to those of Jubilee expressed their displeasure with police.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, however, is favoured by Kenyans because the majority have confidence in his leadership.
Sixty-seven per cent of Kenyans expressed at least some level of confidence in the IG compared to 52 per cent, when asked about the entire National Police Service.