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Residents protest cop’s early retirement decision

30 September 2014, 17:49 Oduor Omondi

Migori - A policeman’s decision to take early retirement from work has sparked protests in Nyatike, Migori County, after residents demanded to be told those pressuring the officer into submission.

An irate mob stormed the local sub-County deputy commissioner’s office Monday afternoon to protest against those allegedly fighting Inspector Maurice Kiboye at work, and to convince him to rescind his decision.

The angry residents who are opposed to Kiboye’s early retirement said he had helped stem insecurity in the area in the past few years he had served them.

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According to them, security in the area is likely to nosedive to its lowest ebb if the man, whom they have wholly trusted with their safety, is allowed to abandon them.

In an interview with some of the protesters, the group told the press that Inspector Kiboye had been relentlessly fighting crime for their benefit and they would not sit back and see him chucked out of the area because of some few colleagues and politicians who are not happy with his work.

Led by Joab Otieno, the residents told the local Deputy County Commissioner, James Namtala to declare his stand on the officer's retirement or they all go away.

“We are not going to see this good officer leave this station because of mounting pressure from some quarters within and outside his duty station,” he said.

Namtala who was caught unawares by the protesters however promised to investigate the matter.

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But  Inspector Kiboye who down-played the whole drama at the County Commissioner’s office told reporters that his decision to retire is a personal initiative following the challenges and pressure he was getting at his work place.

He admitted the fact that some of his senior colleagues in collaboration with some local leaders had hatched a conspiracy to fight him thus giving him a lot of problems in discharging his duties.

The 50-year-old officer said he cannot withstand the pressure from the individuals whom he refused to name, saying he had opted for voluntary early retirement to avoid the push and pull game by his haters from the area.

Despite Inspector Kiboye’s move, Nyatike residents vowed to never accept any of his replacement to step foot in the station and urged the National Police Service Commission to intervene fast to avoid any bad confrontation that may occur after Kiboy’s exit.

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