5 October 2013

Kenya: Police Accused of Harassment

RESIDENTS of Lenana Estate in Narok town have accused police of harassment and intimidation. They said police have been arresting innocent people during nighT patrols. "They are arresting us as early as 7pm and claiming that we are hiding criminals," said a resident.

He said businesspeople have had to close their businesses early for fear of arrests. "We are being arrested on offences that do not exist, they say they are taming the runaway criminals," he said. The residents said police have failed to respond to distress calls at night. What we are wondering is that they do not respond while the crime rate is high and only to show up when we are living in peace," he said.

"We suspect the police are using the insecurity issue to solicit bribes from people here," he said. They appealed to the Narok governor Samuel Tunai for urgent intervention in the matter in resolving the issue. Efforts to get comments from Narok North Police boss Peterson Maelo were fruitless as his phone was off.

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