Police in Tharaka-Nithi County are investigating an incident where a police officer reportedly stormed Kamacabi Primary Boarding School in Tharaka Constituency and assaulted four teachers and a watchman on Sunday.
The teachers said the Administration Police officer attached to a nearby Kamacabi post had earlier been warned against engaging in love affairs with school girls and visiting the school at night.
Mr Nicholas Makunyi, one of the assaulted teachers said the officer raided the staff quarters at around 10pm and started slapping and kicking them as he sought to know why they had not gone to bed.
“The officer forcefully entered the school after threatening to beat the watchman, went to where the female teachers were and started slapping them as he asked why they were not in bed,” said Mr Makunyi.
He said on hearing the commotion, he went out to intervene only to be hit by a metal rod by the said officer.
Ms Ann Ngugi, a teacher at the school, said that even after locking themselves inside their houses, the officer continued to kick the doors.
Mr Stephen Mutegi, a security guard at the school, said he ran to the police station to report the matter only to be attacked by the rogue officer on his way back.
“Had I not been rescued by his colleagues, the officer would have seriously injured me,” said Mr Mutegi.
The school head-teacher, Mr Samson Mukui said he reported the matter to the police and senior education officials.
Tharaka-North Deputy County Commissioner Mathias Chisambo told media that the officer, Mr Robert Lenakolalo, was arrested and taken to Gatunga Police Station for interrogation.
He said Mr Lenakolalo, who might have been drunk by the time of the incident, had asked for forgiveness and promised to pay the teachers’ hospital bills.
“Police have launched investigations into the matter. The officer has already asked for forgiveness and promised to take care of the teachers’ hospital bills,” said Mr Chisambo.
Meanwhile, residents have asked for justice for the assaulted teachers.