Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki on Wednesday, May 31, directed the transfer of the Officer Commanding Station (OCS) and all officers from Isebania police station, Migori County, following an attack on the installation by mobs armed with crude weapons.
In a statement, Kindiki also transferred Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Bureau Of Standards (KEBS), Anti-counterfeit and Immigration department officers serving at the Isebania border.
Further, he issued a strict warning that officers caught with offenses would no longer be transferred but be fired on the spot and face charges over the offenses.
"Any officer who through collusion and corruption allows contraband or counterfeit goods to get into the country will not be transferred to another station but interdicted and prosecuted," the statement read in part.
The CS also cautioned locals against taking the law into their own hands when they stormed the police station to demand the release of all prisoners in custody.
Kindiki added that an officer will not serve at a station for more than three years.
"As a country, we must resolve all grievances peaceably, no matter how aggrieved one is. I appeal to all Kenyans to desist from taking the law into their own hands, retaliation and destruction of property in pursuit of justice."
"As your security minister, I will not allow lawlessness and disorder to rule. The Government policy moving forward is that no police officer will serve in one station for more than three years," he added.
The incident, which occurred on Thursday, May 25, saw a rowdy mob storm the police station armed with machetes and stones.
Police officers, who were forced to retaliate, used live ammunition on the group who were headed to the cells to free the locked-up inmates. Police were also forced to lob tear gas and fire blanks to disperse the group.
Five lives were lost during the ugly scenes, which ran for days before normalcy returned.
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