Â Kisumu County Residents Reacts With Aghast Over Ethinic Police Postings In The Region
Kisumu County residents are jittery about the recent deployment of a large number of senior Kalenjin police officers in the region terming the move â€˜a clear act of aggressionâ€™.
They accuse Inspector General of the police of setting up the community living in the area against a government whose intentions, though unknown, remain suspect in the region.
â€œThis is the heartbeat of opposition politics in Kenya, appointments such as these reeks of malice,â€ said a resident who only identified himself as Otieno.
At the centre of this controversy is the decision by Inspector General of Police David Chimayo, himself a Kalenjin, to send 5 senior Kalenjin police officers to various locations in Kisumu. These officers are Mr David Kimeli Ngâ€™etich (Kisumu County Commander), Mr Stanley Cheruiyot (Kisumu CID Commander), Mr William Yegon (Kisumu East Deputy CID), Mr Elisha Cherono (Kisumu East AP Commander) and Mr Willy Cheboi (Chairman, Kisumu East District Security Team).
The residents claim the orgies of 2007/08 post-election violence and documented police brutality in the region around that time persuades them to get concerned.
â€œKisumu has really never healed; many families lost loved ones; sons and daughters, majority through police gun-shots, thatâ€™s why these new deployments has shocked everyone,â€ noted another resident on condition of anonymity.
Other residents, however, see the dirty politics of TNA in the whole process. Proponents of this school of thought claim should anything go wrong, the blame will squarely be put on a political figurehead of the community these officers come from-in this case Deputy President William Ruto.
â€œI think it is given that something will be forced to go wrong, something very ugly, then they will give it a political spin, and blame it on the ethnic figurehead of the community these officers come from . . .this you can take to the bank for a loan,â€ said another resident.
The residents now want the police boss to rethink his decision of posting these officers, saying it is â€˜discomfortingâ€™ to sit on a security time bomb waiting to explode.