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County assembly members accuse police of laxity

24 October 2013, 18:09 Dareel Eric

Vihiga  - Vihiga County members of county assembly on Thursday blamed the police for promoting the consumption of illicit brews and rising insecurity in the County.

Led by the chairman of the committee on security in the County assembly, Ben Ombima, the leaders said that the intake of illicit brew was still high in the County because police take bribes from the brewers at the expense of the people who consume the drink.

This comes after the County Commissioner, Boaz Cherotich, lamented in a recent function that political leaders were frustrating the security forces in taming the consumption of illicit brews.

“Police only rush to the scenes where they know they are going to benefit by soliciting for bribes. We have records of areas where they have commissioned the brewers to continue with their business on condition of paying some levy,” Ombima said.

He noted that cases of insecurity have been rife in the region but when police are summoned, they take a long time to respond leaving the poor citizens suffering in the hands of the hooligans.

“The police should come out clean and spell their duty to the people of Vihiga because it is evident that things are not going in the right direction,” Ombima said.

He further said that no member of parliament or County Assembly had gone to the police stations to bail out those who have been arrested in connection to the illicit brews.

He also raised concern on how some suspects are treated by the police in the area saying some spend up to 48 hours in the cells as police solicit for bribes.

Ombima added that the County Assembly has lists of individuals who have been released by the police under unclear circumstances.

“A guy from Mwibona ward in Luanda constituency was acquitted yet he had just killed a man, yet the police say there was no evidence. So, are they protecting the other citizens?” he posed.  

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