Insecurity killing business in Nandi County
Written by Emily Chelagat
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The business community in Nandi County Thursday protested over the rising cases of criminal injustices targeting the traders and their premises.
The traders through the Nandi County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Tito Kirui and human rights activist Solomon Magut disclosed that the increase in insecurity was due to rampant corruption among the police officers.
The chamber officials claimed that several business premises have been broken into and traders attacked by suspected criminals within the last four months and that no arrests have been made.
Kirui said that whenever people protests over corruption and insecurity, they are arrested and charged in court in the name of stirring the public against the police what he termed as “inhuman.”
He revealed that a week ago, he raised a complaint against traffic officers who had demanded a Sh 2,000 bribe from his driver and instead of initiating investigation about the claims, the Nandi Central OCPD and the area traffic base commandant ordered for his arrest.
Accompanied by officials of the civil society, Magut and Kirui claimed that it had become increasingly expensive to set up business in Kapsabet and Nandi North in general due to the regular police activities.
In two incidences, Magut alleged that the officers have participated in extra-judicial killings after victims refused to give in their corrupt advances and appealed to the commissioner of police Mathew Iteere to arbitrate.
Six months ago, a police officer at Ol’Lessos Police Station killed a motor cycle Boda boda operator after he refused to part with Sh200 bribe and early in the week a middle aged man was hit on the head by a regular police officer after he purportedly refused to hand over Sh8,000 at a chang’aa den in Kaptildil village.
The deceased, Emmanuel Kiplagat, Magut said was seeking the help of the Independent Medical Legal Unit-IMLU to help the family to have the two officers who participated in the incidents to be arrested and charged.