Luos and Luhyas accuse police in Maseno of harassing them

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett.Photo/File
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett.Photo/File

Members of the two communities living in Maseno Township have petitioned Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett to intervene and crack the whip on errant officers at the Maseno police station.

The Luo and Luhya communities have cited harassment, assaults, acts that have caused grievous body harm, and robberies mostly executed on motorbikes they allege are perpetrated by officers based at the station.

They claimed senior officers harass them and collude with robbers to commit crime in the area.

In a petition signed by 119 residents and copied to Boinett, they accused Maseno OCS K Langat of abetting crime in disregard to their safety.

The petition was also copied to Kisumu West OCPD Peter Omanwa, IPOA, Ombudsman and Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery for action.

The group accused Langat of being arrogant and unconcerned about robberies that take place at the OB and in the cells under his watch.

The residents were drawn from Ojola, Chulaimbo, Lela, Ekwanda, Rata, parts of Luanda and Emuhaya. Maseno has more than 50,000 residents from Luo and Luhya communities.

The petition indicates the OCS is tribal and condescending towards the two communities. “He has categorically stated he is well connected and that nothing can be done to him,” reads the petition.

This comes barely a day after more than 1,000 residents took to the streets demanding immediate transfer of the OCS and officers under him. The protest was led by religious, political and opinion leaders.

Yesterday, the area's OCPD said he received the letter, adding that the matter has been forwarded to his seniors at county level for investigations.