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Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 13:40 EATakipchumba@kenyafreepress.com
In yet another case that chills the spine, an AP officer has on Wednesday evening sprayed bullets on his colleagues killing two and injuring one at Baringo County. The injured man in blue, according to our well-placed sources, is currently receiving treatment at Marigat hospital.
At the time of writing this news story, we are reliably informed that the security personnel are yet to establish the actual motivation behind the appalling killings. Simply put, the circumstance that pointed to the unthinkable killings hasn’t been established so far. According to the police report reaching us, it is clear that the killer cop has not been arrested. He is still on the run.
The task force report that comprehensively delved into the question of why police officers are shooting their colleagues or even themselves has not been released to the public officially. The report, according to those in the know, is said to be linking this unfortunate happenings where some police officers open fire at their colleagues to poor working conditions, trauma, poor pay and so forth.
Disagreements and lack of concordance between the junior and senior colleagues has extensively been ascribed to this troubling occurrences. Consider this. On December 4, 2016, a Tharaka Nithi-based police constable opened fire at his better half who was also a police officer.
Another troubling incident came down to pike on February,22, where an administration police officer took one his colleagues’ life and injured one of them, at Embakassi’s Tassia area- before shooting himself.
Statistics available in the public domain shows that up to three police officers are reduced to statistics, injured or killed by colleagues every month. This cringing statistics, therefore, has popped up serious concerns in the country – revolving around the question: why the emergence of this mind-gnawing and boot-shaking trend within the police service?
Kipchumba is a staff writer/columnist at the Kenya Free Press