GSU officer beats up two traffic cops after finding them soliciting bribes

POLICE OFFICER [PHOTO|COURTESY]

BY CALISTUS MUGA IN BUSIA COUNTY.

Two male traffic police officers attached to Sioport post in Funyula, Busia County were on Tuesday afternoon clobbered by a General Service Unit (GSU) officer, who busted them soliciting bribes from a bodaboda operator and his customer.

Residents say the traffic cops, who were dressed in civilian clothes, had placed a roadblock on Port-Bumala road, when they stopped a bodaboda rider and demanded his customer, a fish trader, to give them money.

The GSU officer, a Funyula resident, was walking past the cops, when he stopped to ask them why they were harassing the bike rider and his customer.

One of the traffic police officers, identified only as Onyango, however, slapped the GSU officer, prompting the aggrieved man to retaliate.

The GSU officer beat up the two cops, who fled toward the Sioport post.

One of the cops, Onyango, sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to Sioport Sub-District Hospital, where he was bandaged and discharged.

Residents say the two police officers have been harassing bodaboda riders in the area, and urged County Police Commander, John Nyoike, to take action against the two.

Mr Nyoike vowed to deal with the matter.

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