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Police cars to be investigated over alleged malpractices

04 June 2014, 11:30 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Mombasa county commissioner, Nelson Marwa has ordered for the investigation of police patrol cars following reports that they were allegedly being misused by officers in charge amid escalating crime rates in the region.

Marwa has said his office has received several complaints from citizens that the cars which were issued by the Mombasa county government for patrols are being misused and sometimes police fail to respond to crime in time.

"Several complaints have been reported to my office that police vehicles are found packed in strange areas, with some being seen chasing charcoal trailers to extort money from them,” said Marwa.

He ordered the Mombasa county commander, Robert Kitur to launch investigations on the matter to establish whether there are any illegal activities they conduct so that the officers involved could be charged in court.

Mombasa county governor, Hassan Joho said the cars should be closely monitored so that any illegal activity conducted by the officers in charge can be detected and acted upon.

His words were echoed by the Mvita constituency MP, Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir who also blamed the police for harassing innocent citizens in Mvita in the name of fighting terrorism.

He claimed that a number of people in his constituency have been arrested and taken to custody without sufficient explanation on why they were arrested.

“How do you arrest a pregnant woman? We as MPSs will make sure that those who violate the law will be arrested and charged in accordance with the law," he said.

This happens as crime levels in some parts of Mombasa county continue to rise with residents accusing the police of sleeping on their work.

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