By Philip Onyango
Property of unknown value was on Monday destroyed after an angry mob raided a police post in Gem Sub County, razing to the ground four houses.
According to the , the residents were irked by the death of a motor cycle taxi operator at the hands of the administration police officers stationed at Anyiko post.
He said that the boda boda operator identified as Eric Ouma had been arrested at a chang’aa den in Tatro village on the border of Siaya and Kakamega counties in the morning and whisked to the police camp where he was given a thorough beating for allegedly being drunk and disorderly.
Things worsened in the evening when and he succumbed as panic gripped officers tried to look for means of taking him to the nearby Yala sub county hospital.
When word leaked that Ouma had succumbed to injuries inflicted by the senseless beating, the mob grouped and stormed the AP post and engaged the officers in a bitter exchange, demanding action be taken against an officer known as Onyango whom they blamed for the death.
The adamant law enforcers, reinforced by contingents from Yala Police Station and Siaya County headquarters, tried to defend their post by shooting several times in the air but the large number of people overpowered them, setting the houses ablaze. Nothing was salvaged from the smoldering buildings.
The Siaya Police Commander, Mrs. Beatrice Gachagua confirmed the incident, saying that the body of the boda boda operator was removed to Yala Sub County hospital awaiting post mortem, saying that investigations have been launched into the incident.
The incident comes hot in the heels of a similar one where a policeman died and several others were injured following a botched raid on a chang’aa den at Ulafu in North Alego location.
During the incident that happened two weeks ago, revelers who were angered by the way the policemen beat a handcuffed barman turned on them with all sorts of crude weapons.
A police driver who had rushed to rescue his colleagues became the casualty when he was crushed to death as his colleagues suffered deep panga cuts and have since been admitted at a private hospital in Siaya town.