Police officer on the spot for assaulting boy

Police officers in Cheptais Sub County, Mt Elgon within Bungoma County are investigating circumstances under which one of their colleagues is accused of assaulting a 13-year boy on Tuesday.

According to Timothy Jones who is the father of the victim, the boy only identified as Modegai is said to have been on his way home from the market when he was confronted by the officer who accused him of stealing his mobile phone.

The officer who was allegedly drunk during the time of the incident arrested the boy before torturing him.

The student who will now miss this week’s admission at Kapenguria Boys High School as he is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital said that he was locked up in a cupboard at the Cheptais police station where the officer and his colleague beat him up.

Residents who spoke to the press said that this was not the first case where police had assaulted a member of the public stating that the officers also arrested a motorcycle operator on Thursday morning in the neighboring Kipsigon area and assaulted him.

They are now asking the inspector general of police to crack the whip on the rogue officers by transferring them since they have overstayed in the area.

Amos Chemabus, a political activist from Cheptais condemned the incident and asked Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to intervene.

“It is unfortunate that a member of the disciplined forces can pounce on such a young boy who was preparing to join secondary school and assault him to the extent that he is currently in. This is a very bad incident and we are calling upon the interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i to intervene in the matter and ensure that justice is served to the boy,” said Mr Chemabus.

He also asked police officers to be humane when dealing with members of the public.