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Police roadblocks banned in Bungoma

23 July 2013, 15:37 Arap Yego

Motorcycle boda boda operators in Cheptais District, Bungoma County who previously complained of alleged police harassment can now sigh with relief after a district security meeting outlawed police check points and roadblocks in the area.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, area Deputy County Commissioner Omar Salat said the decision was reached by the sub-county’s top security organ following a public outcry by the motorcycle operators.

“We have decided to do away with the police roadblocks on all the major and feeder roads in Cheptais District. The barricades will only be put up henceforth when responding to specific security situations,” said Salat.

The administrator put on notice corrupt police officers whom he accused of giving the force a bad name and warned them that they will be dealt with firmly according to the law once caught.

The boda boda operators and residents had previously staged a demonstration protesting alleged harassment by traffic police officers meted on operators who failed to part with the ‘usual’ KES 50 bribe.

Those who failed to part with the bribe complained of seizure of their motorcycles after which they were compelled to pay hefty fines of thousand of shillings to secure their motor bicycles.

At the same time, area OCPD Kennedy Osambo said Police officers in the district have beefed up security in the area and intensified night patrols.

He further said his officers have been directed to embrace a speedy response to distress calls from members of the public.

The Deputy OCPD however challenged the residents to be in the forefront in fighting corruption as whistle blowers and to report cases of poor service delivery in all public institutions including hospital.

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