Marwa orders probe on police officers allegedly involved in Malindi poll violence

Thursday March 10 2016

Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa speaks

Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa speaks during the commissioning of Lunga Lunga Sub-County in Kwale on March 10, 2016. He ordered an immediate investigation on police officers who were allegedly involved in acts violence during the just concluded Malindi by-election. PHOTO | FAROUK MWABEGE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By FAROUK MWABEGE
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Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa has ordered an immediate investigation on police officers who were allegedly involved in acts violence during the just concluded Malindi by-election.

This came following reports that officers attached to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi and Kilifi Woman Rep Aisha Jumwa were behind the acts.

Speaking during the commissioning of Lunga Lunga Sub County on Wednesday, Mr Marwa demanded for answers from the police officers who supervised the elections.

He blamed the officers for failing to take action even in an instance where a woman was undressed while others were beaten in the presence of law enforcement officers.

“I am a disturbed person. How can a woman be undressed while police officers are just standing and watching? I want an answer. The government wants an answer from these fellows,” he said.

Mr Marwa wondered who would defend innocent Kenyans if the people who are empowered with the mandate to protect them continue breaking the law with impunity.

He added that someone has to take responsibility for whatever happened in Malindi be it Mr Joho, Mr Kingi or Ms Jumwa without considering the positions they hold.

“Are these people gods? Why must Joho, Kingi, Aisha and their goons break the law with impunity and go scot free? Somebody is going to take responsibility for this,” he said.

Mr Marwa warned security officers who are attached to VIPs in the region against disrespecting the citizens and only taking action when their bosses are in danger.

LESSON TO OTHERS

He vowed that the government would take serious action against those who will be found responsible for the violence which occurred in Malindi in order to serve as a lesson to others.

“On the issue of Malindi you are going to see fire. I can assure you that you will see fire from the government. You are going to see a big fire which you have never seen before,” he said.

Mr Marwa said he expected Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet together with his deputies to be in Malindi because the officers had embarrassed the government.

He added that once a case file is opened regarding the same, he will stand by it to ensure that it does not become a gimmick to deceive Kenyans.

“There are so many files which have been opened and I will not accept this to be among the many which have been opened before yet there is no action taken,” he said.

Similar sentiments were expressed by Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani who said serious action must be taken in order to prevent a repetition of the same during the 2017 general elections.