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Angry youth haul stones at mobile traffic court officers

25 September 2014, 17:40 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - Mobile traffic court operations at the Kisumu- Bondo- Siaya junction were Wednesday disrupted after angry youth hauled stones at officers carrying out the exercise.

The youth who are opposed to the exercise are reported to have travelled from Kisumu town, about 15 kilometers away to Kisian junction before they engaged the police in running battles as they threw stones at the officers.

Speaking on phone, the officer in charge of the operation Philip Osia of the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) confirmed that windscreens of two lorries, one belonging to the police and another belonging to NTSA were destroyed.

“The crowd travelled from Kisumu with the intention of driving us away but police repulsed them and we continued with our work,” he said.

Osia however admitted that owners of public service vehicles kept off the road to evade the crackdown.

When contacted, the Nyanza Regional Traffic Commandant Joshua Omukata confirmed the incident and said a number of suspects had been arrested.

While the NTSA official said four suspects had been nabbed by police, Omukata insisted that he was yet to confirm the number of those arrested.

“Yes, we have made some arrests and they will be arraigned in court for disrupting a legal process,” he said, insisting that the crackdown on unroad worthy vehicles will continue.

Kisumu MP, Ken Obura and his Nyando counterpart, Fred Outa are on record warning that area residents may force the eviction of the mobile courts claiming they were being used solicit bribes.

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During a recent function attended by Nyanza Regional Coordinator Francis Mutie, Obura had threatened to mobilize youth to evict the NTSA team from area, charging that they had been turned into “toll” stations.

The incident comes barely two weeks after angry motorists and cyclists held demonstration in Kisii town opposing the mobile traffic courts.

The mobile courts are aimed at reducing road accidents as magistrates administer instant justice to traffic offenders.

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