Sorrow has engulfed Magemo village in Webuye East constituency following the death of a local youth allegedly clobbered to death by police officers.
This led to high tension which forced angry boda boda riders to torch down two government owned motorbikes assigned to a Chief and his assistant.
Sources claimed that Robert Nasong’o (33) died at Misikhu police post after he was arrested on claims of being drunk and disorderly.
“We are told that the deceased was arrested on claims of being drunk, stealing from an area resident and assaulting an assistant chief through hacking him with a machete (Panga),” said the deceased mother Joan Nasong’o.
She stated that the Saturday April 25 incident was a pure lie to fix her son who died in the police hands after he was saverely beaten up to be forced to own up to the offenses, something he refused.
“We pleaded with the police to allow us to take him to a nearby medical facility but he succumbed to inflicted injuries on the way to hospital, it is a sad day for our family,” she said.
Nasong’os death forced angry boda boda riders to take the law into their hands where they drove to Ndivisi sub location assistant chief Joseph Wafula’s home and torched two government owned motorbikes on claims that he is the one who arrested the deceased and handed him over to police officers.
“We will deal with Wafula, we are tired of him leading us with an iron fist, he should understand that we need a sober leader whom we can negotiate instead of a dictator,” said a boda boda rider’s leader.
Ndivisi location chief Jamin Ndala condemned the barbaric action by boda boda riders and asked them to desist from taking the law into their own hands.
“All those riders who participated in the burning down of the government owned motorbikes will be hunted down and be arrested, no one will be spared at all, this is a bad example and if it is allowed to continue, we will be breeding militias in our midst,” Ndala warned.
Ndala’s assistant Joseph Wafula said that he fled death by a whisker after he heard the riders hooting and heading to his house.
“After missing me they torched the two motorbikes and attempted to also burn down my tractor but in vain, i am asking police officers to tighten my security,” said Wafula.
The deceased body was taken to Webuye Sub County hospital mortuary.