Operations at Nyatike District offices , Migori County came to a standstill on Thursday as angry pupils and parents demonstrated against an Administration Police officer for allegedly sodomizing over 13 pupils.
Angry pupils drawn from several primary schools around Macalder Town, Nyatike headquarters accused the Nyatike OCPD John Masili and police officers for shielding the suspect identified as Mustapha.
The angry crowd brought activity at the rural town into a halt when the peaceful demonstration turned chaotic after Mustapha’s colleagues threw a beehive at the demonstrators to scuttle them.
In the ensuing chaos, Masili left his office in a hurry and refused to talk to angry crowd leaving sub-county commissioner Andrew Mutua to address the crowd.
Earlier this week, Elizabeth Amollo the head teacher at St. Gabriel Primary School with most victims said they notice a problem with three boys in the school when they reported with a laptop they said was from the officer.
“We grew suspicious of the officer who always roamed around the school and always called boys aside,” Amollo said.
She said the school called a special assembly and placed students individually to write down about the incident and there was consistency in how the officer used to lure boys.
“He was always using laptop and money to entice the boys, some as young 12 years we fear that the ring also involved older boys from nearby secondary schools,” she said.
The victims were taken to Macalder District Hospital for treatment and to aid for investigations, and the public got agitated when attempts to have the officer arrested failed.
Angry members of the public said it was sad that some police officers threatened Nyatike Children Officer Joyce Anyango Otieno from collecting evidence from more victims.
Commissioner Mutua said they were still doing in more investigations over the claims if they are true, but could not give assurance if police have already collected evidence from victims and their parents or when the officer will be brought into custody.
“We condemn the incident if it really happened, police officers should a bid by the law including themselves. The suspect will be arrested after investigations” Mutua said.
But Macalder-Kanyarwanda MCA George Duro and his Got Kachola counterpart Willis Okoth called on the national police service and Independent Police Oversight Authority to ensure the officer and colleagues undermining investigations.
“The demonstrations will never stop until the officer is brought before a court of law, we will not have a monster among us. Police officers who threatened the children officer and threw bees at young pupils should be brought to book,” Duro said.
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