, LAIKIPIA, Kenya, Oct 2 – An assistant chief and his office clerk were arrested on Thursday by Administration Police officers after they were found imbibing in the morning at Mwenje-Mastoo trading centre in Laikipia County.
The two were arrested following complaints from angry members of the public.
Ng’arua County Assistant Commissioner Rufus Kihara said the two were nabbed following reports from Nyumba Kumi area representatives that there was a bar operating outside the hours permitted under the Mututho laws.
It was then that they, “shockingly,” nabbed the assistant chief and clerk attached to his office.
The two staggered as they were bundled in a waiting police vehicle which later took them to Ng’arua police station.
The Assistant Commissioner said the government was collecting data of all residents without Identify Cards in the area and unlike other chiefs and their assistants, the assistant chief in question had not submitted any report.
He added that the assistant chief had received two warning letters in the past two months adding that the government would not condone this behaviour especially coming from “our own officers” who are supposed to support and implement government policies at the grassroots.
He said they should be fired to pave way for other dedicated officers who are ready to serve the public with commitment.
“All these officers are paid by the government to deliver services to wananchi as and whenever they need them. We cannot entertain unaccountable, lazy and irresponsible officers and particularly somebody like an assistant chief who is representing the Office of the President. It’s a big embarrassment. We want this to be a lesson to others not only here but any other place where this uncouth habit is taking place,” he concluded.