A police officer was left nursing serious injuries after he was attacked by angry members of the public in Mvita.
The officer was trying to arrest a man who was not wearing a facemask on Friday, July 10, in a public place in Kibokoni, Mvita, in Mombasa County when a mob ganged up on him.
The area residents clobbered the poor officer ruthlessly, leaving him with blood flowing profusely from his injuries.
The officer, identified as Gerald Sumba, was taken to Coast General Hospital for treatment by well-wishers.
According to reports from Tononoka Police Station, his colleague, whom they ere on patrol with, managed to escape and rushed to the police post for reinforcement.
The injured officer is still admitted at the Coast General Hospital, and the investigations to the matter launched.
Locals from Old Town have accused the police of extorting bribes from innocent Kenyans under the guise of enforcing Covid-19 preventive measures.
Cases of residents attacking police officers have been on the rise in the coastal region.
On April,14 bodaboda operators in Malindi took matters into their own hands and stoned police officers accusing them of taking bribes n the name of enforcing curfew orders.
However, according to Section 103(a) of the National Police Service Act No. 11 (A) of 2011, crimes related to the assault of police can attract a fine not exceeding Sh1 million, imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or both.
On the same day, the Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that many Mombasa residents were going about their duties with recklessness and not observing Covid-19 safety measures.
Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai condemned the issue, terming it as an uncivilized way of doing things in a post on twitter.
According to the IG, whereas it is the mandate of police to protect the public, the public should also take care of the police.