Nandi County Governor Stephen Sang has accused Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai of failing to take stern action on police officers accused of fatally shooting three people in Lessos centre in June.
This followed an incident in which one of the accused officers hit a bodaboda rider severally in Kapsabet town.
The accused officer then failed to rush the injured man to the hospital for medical attention.
The shocking incident happened today morning leading to demonstrations as angry residents barricaded the road in protest against the officers.
“It is very unfortunate that today a police officer hit a Bodaboda operator in Kapsabet town and instead of taking him to the hospital, the angered officer repeatedly hit him with a government Vehicle.” said Governor Sang.
The governor was forced to visit the scene of the accident to calm the angry residents.
Speaking to the residents, Sang noted that the same officers accused of fatal shooting in June had not been transferred outside of Nandi county as agreed with the IG.
“We are shocked that the same officer was among those involved in the
unfortunate fatal shooting incident at Lessos Centre.”
“In our meeting with Deputy Inspector General of Police and Regional Commissioner , it was resolved that all the police officers at Lessos Police Station be transferred outside Nandi.”
While pointing a finger at the Regional Commissioner, the governor further lamented increased incidences harassment of wananchi and especially Bodaboda operators by some police officers.
Accusations of Extrajudicial killing
In June, chaos erupted in Lessos centre following the fatal shooting of a 40 year old cobbler living with disability.
The cobbler had tried to intervene in a case where two officers wanted to arrest bodaboda riders for failing to wear face masks.
The shooting prompted angry residents to storm the area police station leading to the killing of two demonstrators.
The angry residents in the ensuing chaos torched the house of the OCS.
The officer involved in the shooting of the cobbler has since been charged with murder in an Eldoret court.