BY CALISTUS MUGA IN BUSIA COUNTY.
A traffic police officer, who was clobbered by a General Service Unit (GSU) officer for soliciting bribes in Busia County, has vowed to avenge his beating.
The traffic cop, identified only as Onyango, carried a knife to one of the kiosks in Funyula, where the GSU officer was seated and dared the red beret man to attack him again.
Onyango was in the company of four other police officers.
Residents, who had spotted a knife he was clutching in his hands splayed across his waist, warned the GSU officer that Onyango was armed.
“Don’t confront him. He has a knife,” one of the residents was heard telling the GSU officer, who swiftly walked away from the five cops.
Busia County Police Commander, John Nyoike, said an investigation into the conduct of Onyango and his colleagues has been launched, and that appropriate action would be taken once results of the probe are out.
One of the police officers, besides Onyango, was also a recipient of thorough beating by the GSU officer, who busted them soliciting bribes from a bodaboda operator and his female customer Tuesday afternoon.
Residents say the two male 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.
Traffic cop 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.
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, Mr Nyoike, to take action against the two.
Mr Nyoike vowed to address the residents’ complaints.