NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 6 – Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has warned of tough action on members of the public who resort to violence and attacking police officers or stations whenever a crime has been committed.
This follows Thursday’s incident in which an Administration Police camp and a police vehicle were torched in Busia after the killing of a boda boda rider who was shot accidentally while resisting arrest.
Police Spokesman George Kinoti says an Administration Police officer was also wounded during the confrontation in when the slain suspect was trying to grab a gun from him.
The Burinda Administration Police camp was torched when irate members of the public stormed there to protest the man’s killing.
“Whilst we are saddened by the needless death of the rider and wish to send condolences to the family of the bereaved and also wish the officer quick recovery, the service also strongly condemns the hooliganism and the arson attack against the public property,” he warned.
Already a probe has been launched to establish the arsonists, with a motive to arrest and prosecute them.
“We wish to also warn that this kind of unruly behaviour, especially by some boda boda riders who often form gangs to harass other motorists, as well as innocent members of the public, will no longer be tolerated,” he stated.
He said it is: “incumbent of all Kenyans to obey the law as it is and to channel any grievances they may have using available legal avenues instead of taking the law into their hands.”
The image of the National Police Service has for long been dented over corruption allegations, that has led to a poor relationship between the police and the public.
The country has in the recent past witnessed cases of members of the public turning against the men in uniform, more so in cases involving deaths.
Criminal gangs have also targeted poorly manned police stations and attacked officers on duty and stealing armoury.