Equity bank Makutano branch Meru witnessed panic and distress among its staff and customers after police manning the institution collapsed and died on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Imenti police boss Robinson Mboloi, the officer passed away in a washroom on Tuesday at around 12.30 pm.
“The police on duty collapsed and died inside the bank. We are yet to establish the cause of his sudden death. His body was moved to Meru level 5 hospital mortuary,” said Mr. Mboloi.
Allegedly, the police reported to work sick and committed before dying. Panic-stricken clients and staff witnessed a row of covid-19 county surveillance team in the banking hall.
They were dressed in personal preventive equipment as they came to take away the body.
Following the covid-19 precaution measures, the body was picked two hours after the officer died.
John Inanga, the Meru public health director, said they received a call asking them to collect the body with caution since they couldn’t determine the cause of death.
“Since reports of deaths from covid-19 scare people, no one could touch the body. As a result, we had to come in and retrieve the corpse,” said Mr. Inanga.
Public health officers later fumigated the entire bank. Meanwhile, Buuri East police officers have received a backlash from the public for failing to collect a body for two days.
An unidentified man in the thicket
A man who was purportedly killed and dumped in a thicket Kiirua area still lies in the bushes unidentified.
A resident of Maili Kumi, Mr. Nteere Mbui, said residents spotted the body on Sunday afternoon along the Ruiri-Kiirua road.
The body of the half-naked man still lay in the bush by Tuesday afternoon with the knowledge of police officers.
They also noted that police delays in collecting the body came from the covid-19 pandemic fear.
Despite informing the local authorities and police officers, they’re yet to collect the body. After patrolling the Maili Kumi market, the police never returned.