West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapouo security detail has been withdrawn following a confrontation between him and police officers manning a road block in the County.
Lunyangapuo on Wednesday evening stormed the road block to free a boda boda rider who had been arrested by police officers who were manning the road block.
West Pokot County commandant Mathews Kuto has confirmed the withdrawal saying security officers at the Governor’s, residence and his personal body guards have all been recalled.
According to reports Lunyangapuo stormed the Safari Hotel roadblock along the Kitale-Lodwar highway after a boda boda rider was beaten up by police officers manning the road block in the ongoing PSV operator’s crackdown.
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The rider Mr. Leonard Powen who was carrying onions from Ortum Market to Kapenguria was stopped by police who harassed him and handcuffed him on the motor bike.
The furious Governor is said to have removed spikes from the roadblocks telling the police officers on the road to leave the place.
Area leaders led by Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto have over the last one month protested over police harassment and corruption in the ongoing PSV operator’s crackdown in the area.
Governor Lonyangapuo later moved to Chepareria, Ortum, Chepareria road blocks and Ortum police station accusing the security team working in the County of putting up excessive road blocks on roads in the area.
The Governor claims the crackdown has affected revenue collection in the County and hampered movement of goods.
He has accused police officers of harassing the youth who are doing genuine business saying they may resort to crime if the harassment continues.
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