Vihiga County Commissioner Felix Watakila on Wednesday called for the dismissal of two police officers on grounds of collaborating with criminal gangs within the region.
Speaking during a meeting with politicians and police bosses from the region, the Commissioner also urged the National Police Service to transfer more than 50 officers from Emuhaya and Luanda Sub-Counties.
Watakila argued that an outcry by residents over the surging cases of robbery and murder forced him to seek the intervention of the police.
According to Watakila, several boda boda operators had lost their lives in the hands of criminal gangs which he claimed were led by rogue officers.
A photo of police officers conducting a raid on nightclubs at City Hall in Nairobi in November 2022.
“If you know them, forward their names. Do you know them? I don’t want to hear anything about these night meetings again,” Watakila noted.
“Usiku Sacco is a criminal gang, and I am announcing as the chairman of security in this County. I have banned Usiku Sacco.”
Besides aiding criminal gangs, the officers were accused of covering up cases of drug dealers who were left to roam freely without apprehension.
Watakila further vowed to ensure the officers collaborating with the criminals are held accountable.
Nine boda boda operators were reportedly killed within a month in Vihiga, further exacerbating insecurity in the region.
On January 4, the bodies of three boda boda operators were dumped near a police station in Luanda Sub-County.
While addressing the press on the death of the trio, Luanda Member of Parliament Dick Maungu accused the police of laxity, noting that police who were supposed to protect civilians were colluding with criminal gangs to terrorise innocent residents.
“I have got information that some of the police officers are leasing their uniforms and guns to criminals to terrorise our people and if that is the case, we need to have them kicked out of this town,” the MP denoted.
A contingent of General Service Unit (GSU) Police officers walking by the roadside