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EACC probes police officers for unlawfully detaining woman

18 January 2015, 07:58 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) have opened an inquiry file against police officers from Bahati station for detaining a woman for two days after she allegedly sold her cows at a low price.

The officers secured the release of the 35-year-old mother of two who had been unlawfully held in a cell at Bahati police station for two days without officially being booked.

EACC South Rift Director, Japheth Baithalu said that they have taken with them some official documents from the station and will soon be opening an inquiry file against the named officers whose move they termed ridiculous.

“The officer’s actions were against the law as they ought to have charged the woman within 24 hours and there is no law which allows police to arrest a person for selling his/her property cheaply,” he said.

Dorcas Mugure, who hails from Bahati, had been arrested on Wednesday after she was accused of planning to sell her three cows at a low price.

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“I wanted to sell my two cows and a calf in order to settle my Form-two daughter’s school fees after my husband failed to support her but police arrested me claiming I had stolen the animal,” Mugure said.

The two cows are valued at KES 160 000 but she was to sell them at KES 85 000 while the calf was to be sold at KES 10 000.

Narrating her ordeal at Bahati police station in the presence of EACC officers and Nakuru North OCPD Duncan Nguthu, Mugure said she has been having domestic issues with her husband who has neglected his family, and that her decision to sell the livestock was painful.

She said that if she did not sell the livestock, her two children would not have gone to school.

“The officers who arrested me on Wednesday told me that I was a suspect because I was intending to sell valuable cows at a cheap price,” she lamented.

Interestingly, she was not booked in the occurrence book.

Her sister-in-law, Jane Nyaguthie who reported the matter to EACC after police allegedly demanded a KES 30 000 bribe before reducing it to KES 15 000, said that Mugure has been ailing for some time and has always had difficult times with her husband.

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