A police officer was on Thursday, July 20 arrested in Nzaui sub-county, Makueni County after he was accused of joining protestors in stoning a police station during the anti-government demonstrations.
According to a police report, the officer identified as Constable Evans Otieno was apprehended while engaging a group of men along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway at Emali who were blocking the road and throwing stones at passing motorists.
On Wednesday, July 19, PC Otieno was identified by his colleagues among the rioters who attacked the Emali Police station and its officers.
“Please be informed that NO 117670 PC Evans Otieno of this command whose recommendation letter ref: KPS/ Dig/Est/Hrm/30/vol v/4 dated 19th June 2023 was arrested today, the 20th day of July 2023 along Mombasa – Nairobi highway at Emali talking to a group of young men who were blocking the road and throwing stones to motorists.
“The said officer was also seen by his colleagues yesterday 19/07/2023 being among the rioters who were pelting stones at Emali police station and police officers,” read the police report in part.
During the officer’s arrest, a quick search revealed that he had in his possession 40 rolls of bhang of street value approximated to be Ksh2,000.
This discovery complicated the situation, as it has since added a drug-related offence to his charges.
As investigations continue, authorities have vowed to conduct a thorough and transparent inquiry to shed light on the full extent of PC Otieno’s involvement in the riot and drug possession.