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Bungoma riders turning into mercenaries, says Commissioner

02 February 2016, 14:03 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Bungoma County Commissioner, Mohamed Maalim has sensationally claimed that boda boda riders are slowly turning into mercenaries.

He said that the riders are making themselves law enforcers by lynching people suspected to be robbing and killing their colleagues.

“We are not going to allow this. All suspects are not guilty until the court of law finds them liable of the offense. We will not condone these careless killings and all those found to be engaging in merciless killings will be dealt with the deserved forced,” he said.

Speaking in his office, the official noted that the riders are killing innocent people whom they suspect to be motorbike robbers without subjecting them to proper interrogation to determine if they are guilty of the offense or not.

He noted that they are taking the law into their hands by threatening security personnel and asking to be given the arrested suspects so that they can lynch them.

“This is the Bungoma we want. Any rider that will be found taking the law into their hands will face the full force of the law. We want law abiding citizens who will arrest and hand over the suspects to police but not subject them to mob lynching. Killing a person will not help us because we need to know his accomplices in the crime,” said Maalim.

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Maalim faulted the riders for storming police stations and hospitals demanding for arrested suspects to be handed over to them for lynching.

He termed the behavior as barbaric and called for proper ways of curbing the vice.

“We are not going to tolerate mob psychology. The arrested suspects are very important and they can help us apprehend more of their accomplices so that we can crack the whip on the robbery and lynching syndicate that is giving police sleepless nights,” he said.

On Monday, a group of over 100 boda boda riders lynched a robbery suspect who had been widely mentioned by his colleague currently hospitalized at Webuye sub County hospital under tight police watch after he was cornered at Matete market in Lugari fleeing with a stolen motorbike whose owner was waylaid and killed in Tuuti village on Wednesday last week.

“Police officers had arrested the suspect on Friday and locked him at Bungoma police station but no complainant came forward, so he was released on a free police bond but was cornered and killed by the irate operators after he arrived home on Monday. His accomplice is still receiving medication in Webuye,” he said.

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