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Security officers attached to Joho terrorizing residents, says Marwa

11 March 2016, 09:32 John Kioko

Mombasa - Police officers attached to governors, MPs and senators are among goons who were used to intimidate locals and stripped women in Malindi during the Monday by-election, coast region coordinator Nelson Marwa has said.

Marwa said it is unfortunately that Inspector General of police, Joseph Boinnet has not bothered to follow up the matter even after his officer embarrassed the government.

Addressing locals at LungaLunga town while handing over the new LungaLunga Sub County to locals and new officials on Wednesday, Marwa said action must be taken against MPs, governors as well as the security officials involved in the case.

He was responding to LungaLunga MP Khatib Mwashetani who said it was unfortunately that police officers in Malindi were pocketed to allow criminals to intimidate and terrorize innocent locals.

“When they were asked to help people beaten at polling stations by gangs, they claimed their responsibility was only to protect ballot boxes. When contacted, their bosses said the same thing,” said Mwashetani.

Mwashetani warned that things could be worse in future if the issue is not addressed.

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Marwa said security officials, especially those attached to the Kilifi women representative Aisha Jumwa, Governor Hassan Joho and Amason Kingi co-operated with goons to strip a woman and beat up locals yet their bosses in Nairobi are silent.

“Citizens were intimidated in polling stations and the streets as police watched. I am very disturbed and we want answers from the police,” he added.

Marwa said the three politicians are not gods to break the law and walk scot-free with their goons.

“If police are beating locals, who will defend them? Somebody must stand up and take responsibility,” added Marwa.

He claimed that politicians ferried gangs including Wakali Kwanza and Wakali Wao from Kisauni in Mombasa to Malindi and others from Nairobi to terrorize citizens.

The coordinator assured Kenyans that the government will act and bring to book those involved in the Malindi incident.

Marwa added that he had instructed files on the matter to be opened and those behind it dealt with without delay.

“Don’t think this will just pass like other issues ... People will see fire,” he said.

He said police attached to politicians are expected to protect locals wherever they are without failure and not to terrorizing them.

“I warn security officers attached to VIP that they must respect wananchi,” he said.

His sentiment come a day after Mombasa women Representative Emma Mbura called for the arrest of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho to explain circumstances under which he allegedly "ordered" the stripping of a woman in Malindi.

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