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Junior police assaults OCS in public in Meru

A junior police officer in Meru County beat up his senior in public and in the presence of his colleagues and members of the public on Tuesday, December 1.

The police officer, Stephen Lenairoshi, turned on his boss, OCS Patrick Wambungu, with kicks and blows after the OCS confronted him for reporting to work while drunk.

The OCS had directed Lenairoshi to escort Meru Deputy County Cpommisioer Stephen Ogolla to a Covid-19 sensitization event.

Wambugu then summoned the junior police officer to his office to issue him with instructions on how to proceed with his duties.

In an OB number filed at the police station, OB/24/01/12/2020, Lenairoshi is said to have found his boss occupied with other duties.

The OCS said he was attending to members of the public, advising them, and listening to their complaints as usual.

The OCS then confronted the junior police, who appeared to be drunk, to find out why he reported to duty while intoxicated against work ethics and code of conduct.

Instead of responding, the agitated police officer descended on his boss, kicking him in the face and punching him severally.

However, his colleagues, who were at the scene, intervened and apprehended the police officer.

He was taken to the station cells, where he was detained, awaiting disciplinary action.

Cases of police turning against themselves, their colleagues, bosses, and their family have been rampant.

Unfortunately, some cases end up tragically, with deaths and suicides being recorded.

In April 2019, Inspector General of Police (IG) Hillary Mutyambai promised that they would look into the mental and psychological health of police officers.

IG Mutyambai was responding after reports that athlete cum police officer Asbel Kiprop had threatened to commit suicide.

Mutyambai noted that he would ensure he takes care of all police officers as they provide security and safety for all, him included.

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