A man in Awendo, Migori County, was left stranded at a roadblock after one of the police officers at the roadblock drove off in his car.
In a video that has since gone viral, the man said that he was stopped for Covid-19 screening only for one of the officers to drive away with his car leaving him standing and confused.
The man accused the police officers of robbery and brutality even as he was told that his car was taken to a police station within the area.
The frustrated Kenyan claimed that his car was full of an assortment of goods, questioning the officer’s aim of driving away in his car.
According to him, the police officers had made a frivolous claim that one of his tires was worn out after he demanded to know why his car was driven away.
In the video, the man asks the police who were left at the roadblock why the officer decided to take the car without him inside if one of the tires were worn out.
“Where is my vehicle and property? Officer, I am asking you. Does the law allow an officer to go with my driver without me inside?” the agitated man asked the officers.
However, his efforts to get the officers’ attention did not bear any results as the officers quietly stared at him.
However, unknown to many, the Traffic Act gives powers to police officers in uniform to stop any vehicle, enter, drive, or even cause any vehicle to be driven in case of reasonable suspicion of an offense.
According to section 105 of the Traffic Act, a police officer can also require the owner of any vehicle to bring it to them for the purpose of carrying out an examination to ascertain whether the provisions of this Act are being complied with or to determine whether the vehicle is being used in contravention of this Act.
The Act further states that anyone who fails to comply with an order stated under the section shall be guilty of an offense and is liable to a fine not exceeding Sh30, 000.