KMPDU: Police at Roadblock use excessive force

KMPDU: Police at Roadblock use excessive force

General Service Unit (GSU) officers at a roadblock near Blue Post Hotel in Thika have engaged protestors in running battles.

The protestors, who included health workers, were Monday trying to forcibly gain entry into Thika town where most of them work.

The police said they were effecting a ban on movement into and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan area announced by the government nearly a month ago. The restricted inter-county movement is aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.

The road block in question is at the border of Murang’a and Kiambu counties.

GSU Deputy Commander Bashane Omar, who addressed the protesters, faulted the health workers, most of whom work in Thika town in Kiambu County, but reside in Murang’a County, for failing to furnish the police manning the road block with their photos, job identity cards and the health institutions they work for in order to prevent the resultant confusion.

He said it has become the norm on Mondays for some people to take advantage of the situation to cross over to either Kiambu – through Thika town and then connect to Nairobi  – or to Murang’a County, purporting that they are health workers.

“Make sure you organise yourself by setting an example by appointing a health representative who will provide the police with the photos of the health workers who will be crossing this road block, which hospitals they work for and which day and time they will be crossing this road block,” said Mr Omar.

Central Region Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Chairman James Maina Githinji regretted the incident but urged the affected health workers to work closely with the police by informing them in advance of their official work-related movements for easy clearance at the road block.

It took the intervention of Dr Githinji to have the affected health workers cleared.

Courtesy -Daily Nation



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