Garissa residents decry police harassment and arbitrary arrests as they mark Eid with pomp and color


By Suleiman Hassan, Garissa.

From left: Garissa County Governor Nathif Jama and his deputy Abdullahi Hussein join other Muslim faithfuls in this years Eid-ul-Adha prayers at Gen. Mohamud grounds, Garissa.

Residents of Garissa County are up in arms against what they termed as high handedness of the police force.

Led by prominent Sheikhs from the County, they said the police normally carry out illegal swoops and searches without any search or arrest warrant from a court of law.

This they said amounts to infringement on their constitutional rights as police also ask for bribes from anyone they arrest regardless of his innocence.

Saying the police concentrate only on ID cards which even dangerous criminal elements carry, the Ulumaa asked relevant authorities to make sure that security operations were carried out objectively without victimizing the innocent and allowing criminals walk scot free.

They were speaking at Gen. Mohamud Eid grounds where they converged for this year’s Eid – ul – Adha prayers.

Abdi Ali, a resident of Bulla Sheikh narrated to this writer how the boys in blue raided his house in the wee hours of the night a few weeks ago.

“Banging the door as if the occupants were deaf, they shouted leta kitambulisho (produce your National ID card)” he said.

Ali added that they ransacked his house and by the time they left, the scene looked like one hit by an enormous earthquake. “Everything was strewn all over. My clothes, books and household items lay everywhere. I really felt offended and could not figure out the difference between thugs and the police. The guys were unapologetic”. He told

Governor Nathif Jama who also attended the event said that they were aware of what was happening and assured the public that they will take up the matter with concerned authorities.

Garissa Governor Nathif Jama addressing faithfuls at General Mohamud Eid grounds before the Eid prayers

He asked police to be considerate and cooperative in order to gain the public’s confidence and avoid disharmony.

Jama also urged the National Government to work with religious leaders in order to successfully root out insecurity in the County. He reiterated the crucial roles they play in the community saying that the Government cannot afford to sideline them.







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