Residents accuse police of assault and extortion

The Border Patrol Police Unit has been accused of brutality while undertaking a security operation. The officers are said to have stormed a house at Uhanya Beach and sexually assaulted three women.

Residents claimed the security officers have been beating, harassing and extorting money from them.

Roseline Ogolla, a resident who was allegedly assaulted by the officers at Uhanya Trading Centre on Tuesday, said two officers handcuffed her and physically assaulted her for more than an hour.

According to a medical examination, the 32-year-old had swellings on the face, both thighs, jaws. She also had whip marks. The case was reported at Usenge Police Station, triggering an uproar over the conduct of the newly established unit. Bondo OCPD Paul Kiarie confirmed the incident saying investigations were being conducted.

Rodgers Ochieng, a human rights activist condemned the incident saying this was a total violation of human rights and a provocation of the community. "Security operations are acceptable, but harassing and assaulting residents is against the law," said Mr Ochieng.