Kakamega police steals prisoner’s bike, as more victims decry thieving from rogue cops

“I was told without proper explanation that my motorbike could not be traced"

Kakamega Police station could be one of the most unsafe places in the country, if reports of “thieving cops” from victims are anything to go by.

Reportedly, crime suspects have seen it all. From impounded car parts going missing from the police premises, to crime exhibits like motorcycles or litres of alcohol being stolen, to police forcefully taking money from suspects’ wallets or fleecing their kin.

The latest incident involves a suspect’s motorbike that went missing, even as the police, in whose custody it was, claiming they have no clue where it went.

Alex Ngome was arrested for flouting traffic rules in March 18 (traffic case no. 191/2018), arraigned before a Kakamega court and after serving his sentence released in June, only to find his bike missing at the station.

Ngome told Crazy Monday that he surrendered his bike to the police upon his arrest and has pleaded with them to release it to no avail.

“I was told without proper explanation that my motorbike could not be traced within the station’s premises. I have been going to the station almost every day since I was released on the 8th of June, to raise my complaint, but the replies I get are not promising,” Ngome told the Crazy Monday.

His employer who accompanied him to our office in town yesterday said he had bought the motorcycle on hire purchase from ECLOF-Kenya and had not completed paying the instalments.

“The company recalled the vehicle’s logbook because I could not pay all due instalments in time; I lacked cash inflow. They then issued me with a surrender form,” explained Julius Whakukha, the official owner of the motorbike.

Mr. Wakukha wondered how a motorbike could mysteriously disappear from a police station without the police noticing.

 “After Ngome completed his jail term, I don’t see why the police should refuse to give us back the motorbike,” he said, adding that he wanted investigations launched into the matter and his motorbike recovered and given back to him.

Kakamega OCPD Joseph Chebii told the Crazy Monday that they would launch investigations into the matter; something he has said before in regard to previous cases of theft within the station.

“The matter will be investigated and actions taken against any officer found culpable of mishandling the bike,” said Mr. Chebii.

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