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Workers march on police station, say officers shielding Chinese who attacked Kenyan

Recounting his ordeal, Mr Kiplangat said that after Mr Wang hit him with the electric torch, he fell down unconscious and recovered his senses in the police cells. He said the officers denied him medication in custody and threatened him with sacking from his employer.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 10 Nov 2016 12:34 EAT

Business came to a standstill at the Mau Summit Police Post for hours as more than 100 construction workers stormed the station to demand action on a Chinese national who brutalised a Kenyan construction worker three nights ago. The workers from the China Construction Company number downed their tools and marched to the station to demand justice for their colleague, Gideon Kiplangat, who they allege was beaten and detained at the station for more than two days without any charges being preferred on him in court.

The workers were led by the Kenya Building, Construction and Timber Workers Union secretary Maurice Chisoga who said the police officers were complicit in the attack that had left Mr Kiplangat unconscious. The official said that Mr Kiplangat was deployed as a guard at the company's office site where he and the Chinese suspect identified as a Mr Wang worked.

On the material day, a dispute arose between the two at around midnight, and Mr Wang assaulted the guard severely by hitting him with an electric torch. Thereafter, Mr Wang called police officers from Mau Summit post to arrest Mr Kiplangat. The officers responded exactly in the way Mr Wang had wanted, according to the workers, and locked him up for two days without report on his crimes or a criminal case preferred against him.

Mr Chisoga, who spoke to this newspaper at the police station, accused the officers of “shielding” a foreign national who had brutalized a Kenyan. When the Kenya Free Press visited the police station, Mr Wang had also arrived there and he could be seen negotiating with the officers to release Mr Kiplangat without any charges.

Recounting his ordeal, Mr Kiplangat said that after Mr Wang hit him with the electric torch, he fell down unconscious and recovered his senses in the police cells. He said the officers denied him medication in  custody and threatened him with sacking from his employer.

Our efforts to get Mr Wang’s side of the events were fruitless as he could not speak English or Kiswahili.

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