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Transfer police who have overstayed in my area, says MP

06 August 2014, 09:11 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Sirisia MP, John Waluke has called for the removal and transfer of police officers who have overstayed in his constituency following complaints by some of his constituents that some of the officers are working in cohorts with criminals.

The legislator blamed the overstaying by security agents in one station for the increased crime levels in his constituency, noting that some officers have ‘felt at home’ in their areas of jurisdiction and forgotten their work.

Addressing angry residents of Namakhele Village in his constituency at a security meeting yesterday, Waluke also called for the prosecution of police officers who are found to have been involved in crime.

The meeting was hurriedly convened by Sirisia deputy County Commissioner Gerishom Mathioya after the residents took to the streets protesting the shooting of a businessman in the area.

Peter Simiyu Walubengo was shot on Sunday night at his home in a botched robbery incident allegedly carried out by gangsters, with a section of villagers who spoke at the meeting alleging that some Administration Police (AP) officers were involved in the attack.  

The 32-year-old Walubengo suffered two gunshot wounds in the foot and thigh of his right leg, and is recuperating at Bungoma County Referral Hospital where he was rushed to for medical attention.

“I fully back the demands that have been raised by the people I represent that police officers who have overstayed in Sirisia should be transferred. But I want those who have been mentioned to have been involved in crime to be subjected to thorough investigations and prosecution should there be evidence of their involvement in crime,” said Waluke.

According to residents, the attack on Walubengo's comes two days after his neighbour Adrian Nekhwe who was robbed off two mobile phones plus KES 20 000 cash at gunpoint and his wife gang raped by a gang of six attackers on July 28, 2014.

The robbery incidents followed another one at Lwandanyi market in the same constituency where businessman Protus Barasa was robbed of KES 200 000 by six armed men.

The deputy county commissioner however reassured the residents of their security and revealed  that they have intensified police patrols in the locality and a flying squad team is on the ground to nab armed criminals on the prowl in Sirisia and recover firearms on the loose.

"They are now doing their job here. We hope to get them soon and ask you to volunteer information about activities of known criminals even if they are police officers so we can prosecute them,"  he said.

The administrator appealed to willing residents to make land available for sale to government to facilitate the establishment of two police stations at Sirisia and Lwandanyi, noting that the sub county has only two police stations at Malakisi and Lwakhakha at the moment.

Mathioya at the same warned businessmen against failing to honor deals they strike with citizens of a nearby country, which he noted has led to retaliatory attacks by hired armed gangsters detailed to finish off their targets.

"Some of residents of Sirisia engage in unknown business deals and fail to honour agreements with nationals of nearby country, prompting the business partners to hire attackers and harm you. You should desist from these acts,"  he advised.

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