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Kabarnet OCS transferred after Public Protests

The Bodaboda operators march along streets of Kabarnet town on Wednesday November 21, 2018 demanding removal of area OCS whom they accused of harassing them. Photo by KNA.
Bodaboda operators show alternative tools of trade during a demonstration in Kabarnet town after a crackdown on motorcycles saw over 100 youths rendered jobless. Photo by KNA.

The  Officer Commanding Kabarnet Police Station (OCS), Gabriel Mullei has been transferred to Elburgon following pressure from the public.

The  transfer came just a day after six members of Baringo County Assembly led members of the public in a peaceful protest as they demanded his removal.

They accused the OCS of harassing bodaboda operators after a crackdown that saw over 100 motor cycles nabbed at stages and garages.

Led by Kabarnet Ward MCA, Earnest Kibet they also accused the officer of corruption, saying he was demanding Sh 10,000 from every rider to release a single motorcycle.

“This OCS has revived the chang’aa dens in Kabarnet and is working with those selling the illicit brew in the town,” the MCA had claimed during demonstrations.

He said it was absurd and un-procedural for the police to pick motorcycles in parking yards and even garages without pointing the offences they had committed.

“We are calling for unconditional release of those boda boda as they are a means of livelihood to these young men that would have otherwise been engaged in crime and irresponsible drinking,” added Kibet.

However, confirming the new development, the Baringo County Police Commander, Smollets  Munyianzi played down the transfer, saying it was normal for officers to be transferred and that it may not have been linked to the protests.

On the fate of the impounded bodaboda, Munyianzi said the local court will decide whether to release them or not and when to do it.

He revealed that the OCS swapped places with his Elburgon counterpart, Andrew Kavindo.

By  Christopher Kiprop

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