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MCAs demand arrest of police officer who assaulted two

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By Renson Mnyamwezi | August 18th 2021
Taita Taveta MCA Jackson Mwagharo.

Two MCAs in Taita Taveta County have demanded the arrest and prosecution of a police officer for allegedly assaulting a boda boda operator and his passenger in Mbale last week.

Calston Mwangi, a boda boda operator at Iriwa trading centre, was allegedly injured by the officer attached to the Wanganga Police Station on the Mbale-Wanganga road.

Yesterday, MCAs Stephen Mcharo and Jackson Mwagharo claimed the rider was admitted to the Moi County Referral Hospital for three days.

“The boda boda rider was attacked by a well-known police officer while ferrying his passenger. In the process, the motorcycle veered off the road and landed in a ditch, injuring the two,” said Mr Mwagharo.

The rider and his passenger recorded statements at the Wundanyi Police Station.

Mwagharo said they would not allow senior police officers to cover up the matter.

“We have also reported the matter to Wundanyi MP Danson Mwashako to have Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai intervene,” said Mcharo.

Taita Sub County Police Commander Onesmus Kombe said he was aware of the case.

“We are doing our investigations before arresting the officer,” said Kombe.

Mwagharo said the work of the police officers is to protect lives and property.

“Police officers have formed a habit of using excessive force on innocent Kenyans. As leaders, we will not allow the officers to violate civil rights,” he said.  

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