Bungoma county commissioner Dr.Abdi Hassan has issued arrest orders against boda boda operators who burnt down GK motorbikes in Webuye East constituency.
The tough rules will help deter criminals posing as boda boda operators against taking the law into their hands.
Addressing the press in Bungoma on April 27, Dr.Hassan stated that the government won’t allow criminals to run the country has if it is a banana republic.
“The government is enforcing the law against public gathering to prevent the spread of COVOD-19 and any person contravening the directive will be dealt with accordingly, the law is not selective,” said the CC.
He added, “All government officials are supposed to adhere to and enforce the directive during this global coronavirus pandemic, the incident that happened in Magemo village, Webuye East constituency where two GK motorbikes assigned to Chiefs were torched by the riders on Saturday April 25 will serve as an example,” he said.
The rowdy boda boda riders were demonstrating after the arrest and demise of one of them in the hands of the police officers after he allegedly hacked the area assistant chief with a machete (panga).
Hassan condemned the act assuring residents that the culprits who have since escaped will be hunted, arrested and be arraigned in court.
‘’Those who attacked government officials while on their duty will be hunted, arrested and arraigned in court as per the rule of law to serve as an example to others,” he said.
He called on members of the public to report any suspect in their midst so that they can be arraigned.
He stated that it was unacceptable for ordinary members of the public to stop government officials from carrying out with their duties and urged them to instead collaborate with them in carrying out their duties to bring sanity in the society.
‘’All those goons who participated in the burning of the government owned motorbikes will be hunted up 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 society,” he challenged.
Since the government announced the curfew Bungoma locals have experienced clashes with police officers who have been instructed to maintain government’s order.
He also said that this is the time the nation is experiencing heavy rains urging those residents staying in high risk places to migrate to safer places to avoid losing lives.
‘’This is the time rivers overflow and landslides experienced in some places in our county,’’ he advised, calling upon members of the public to follow the government’s directives.
He called on the public to be united as the Muslim community celebrate Ramadan fete.