Assistant minister storms police station over alleged police harassment and extortion of the public
Written by Carren Papai
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Adungosi Police officers in Teso South District were treated to a rare incident when Labour Assistant Minister Sospeter Ojaamong (inset) unexpectedly stormed the police station over alleged police harassment and extortion of public.
The incident follows massive complaints from bodaboda operators who lamented over increased police harassment and solicit of bribery along the Malaba-Busia highways especially at Alupe junction where the officers are said to have camped there.
The bodaboda riders claimed that the officers manning the junction usually ask for Ksh50 and if they are not in position to provide, they fake an offence taking them to police station then while in court they are charged Ksh 11, 000.
Drama unfolded when Ojaamong in the company of the press raided the OCS Office at 4pm and stayed there for almost 30minutes without his knowledge.
The OCS, William Cheruyot appeared sometimes later looking nervous and worried by the presence of the Amagoro legislator who wanted to confirm the allegations from the public.
The officer was caught off guard failing to answer question s to the satisfactory of the Assistant minister. Cheruyoit worriedly denied the allegations however, promised to carry out an immediate investigation and to reshuffle the officers in a bid to curb the claims from the public.
Ojaamong asked the OCS and his officers to desist asking money from the public lest a stern action is taken against them.
The Amagoro Mp expressed concern over the issue saying that it was a pity to extort money from bodabodas who toil every day to fend themselves and their families adding that police should quit bothering them.
He urged him to embrace proper ways of solving problems with the bodaboda riders as one way of harmonizing working relations.
In a quick rejoinder, the OCS pleaded with them to take insurance covers, posses licenses and to protect themselves with reflective jackets saying, “Any bodaboda operator who will be found working without insurance will be charged Ksh 5000, Ksh3000 for license and Ksh 3000 for driving without reflective jackets amounting to Ksh 11,000.