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West Pokot governor accused of assault

09 May 2014, 20:52

West Pikot - An administration officer has recorded a statement at Kapenguria police station claiming that the West Pokot county governor Simon Kachapin and his accomplices assaulted him on the 30th of April at white house resort in Kapenguria.

Admin police corporal Benjamin Chedotum, who works as a security officer at Kenya National Focal point on small Arms and light weapons in Bruce house Nairobi, narrated that on the day he visited the governor at his office to be handed over keys of the premises housing the white house resort, which he had hired to the governor prior to march 4th election.

He said that the governor used the premises as a meeting point for his visitors during campaign period.

He recorded that he had requested the governor to vacate the premises on August last year through an order served to him by a Kitale based advocate after falling to meet his part of the agreement.

Chedotum said that evening he was picked from the county offices by a vehicle registration number GVN.024A which drove to the white house resort where the beatings started after he insisted to be given the keys.

Addressing press yesterday in Kitale, he said that he was assaulted by the governor using walking stick and his body guards, drivers John Makanika and George Powon after being frisked.

“The body guards kicked and slapped me after wrestling him to the ground and later used the piston threatening that they were going to shot him,” he said.

He further alleged that the governor assured him that the premise was going to be demolished and nothing will be done as he was the president of the county.

Corporal Chedotum now want the director of public prosecution to ensure that the governor has been prosecuted saying that police in Kapenguria have shown laxity in the way they are handling the case.

He said that he fear of his life saying that he wants his property protected from unlawful eviction.

“After the incident, I cannot walk freely as usual .I want the government to protect my property until the issue is settled,” he said.

The Medical examination report seen by the people indicated that Chedotum was injured at the head and neck and also sustains injuries at his legs.

A source inside the governor’s office revealed that there was exchange of words between the governor and Chedotum at the governor’s office which forced security personnel to take charge.

However, Kapenguria OCPD Macharia Ruku said that he has not receive the official report but he was aware of the incident saying that the matter was complicated as the accused and accuser were family members.

He declined to give more information saying that the matter was still under investigation and was being handled by his seniors.

“What I know is that the issue is being handled by my seniors. I cannot give any information at the moment because the report has not been brought to my office. What I have has not been confirmed,” he said.

Speaking on phone  the West Pokot county police Commandant Charles Wasike declined to give any information saying that he was not aware.

“Am not aware of something like that that’s the reason I cannot comment,” he said.

Efforts to reach the governor for comment was fruitless as he was reported to be in a meeting.

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