Traffic police hide in maize plantation in confrontation with residents
18 May 2015, 09:13
Busia - Four people are feared dead after a nissan matatu rammed into the rear of a trailer along the busy Busia-Mumias highway over the weekend.
The Saturday accident that occurred at Olepito area near Tanga kona stage at 11.00am saw two passengers die on the spot.
Among those dead were Nambale assistant County Commissioner, Mary Kisaka and George Emaase, brother to Teso South MP Mary Emaase.
Eyewitnesses who spoke to journalists at the scene of the accident said that the brakes of the matatu that was speeding failed on reaching the roadblock, ramming into the track that had been stopped at the roadblock.
The Bungoma-bound matatu had other passengers on board who escaped with minor and major injuries and were rushed to the Busia Referral hospital by good Samaritans who were at the scene.
However, drama unfolded shortly after irate residents engaged traffic officers in running battles condemning them of taking bribes at the roadblock instead of performing their required duties effectively.
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The officers took to the heels hiding in nearby maize plantations before shooting once in the air to disperse the charged crowd.
The residents also demolished a structure by the roadside used by the officers as an office before smashing the metal spikes that are used as barriers at the roadblock.
"These officers are fond of collecting bribes at this spot and they have really contributed to the accident menace in this spot. Last year, they injured a boda boda cyclist and his passengers when they tried to block them," an eyewitness, Richard Wawire charged.
Security officers were forced to reinforce additional AP officers after the ones manning the roadblock were chased away.
Area Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong visited the scene immediately and addressed the charged crowd and promised to remove the roadblock permanently.
Within a distance of about 20 kilometers from Busia town, there are three roadblocks manned by both Administration and regular police officers.
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