Police stations are the weakest link in adherence to Covid-19 safety protocols

A policeman arrest a young man with no face mask.

By The Weekly Vision

Kenyans are alarmed at recent studies showing how most police stations within the Nairobi metropolitan area have poor adherence to Covid-19 health safety protocols.

The study shows that while many police officers and inmates have masks few actually wear them, or wash hands, the study also found that police manning the OB (Occurrences Book) desk have selective attitude to cases being reported by wananchi.

The police are quick to handcuff young men not wearing face masks mostly young men who must fork out Kshs 500 to Kshs 2000 to gain freedom of face cold nights in the cells

On top of the list are cases relating to PSV matatus largely facing traffic offences and who pay hefty bribes ranging from Kshs 10,000 to Kshs 35,000 for impounded vehicle to be released. This implies that other well merited cases that have no extra value read bribe are not welcome at police stations.

Kenya police service under their slogan of “utumishi kwa wote”, should serve all without discrimination. For example, of late most police officers are pre-occupied with arresting wananchi found not to be wearing face masks. They are quick to handcuffs those not wearing face masks mostly young men who must fork out Kshs 500 to Kshs 2000 to gain freedom of face cold nights in the cells.

Weekend nights are usually the peak period for “mask” business that strangely spares ‘women of the night’ who walk around with no mask. As to why the police target young men in Nairobi whose supposed “crime” of not wearing masks always end in bribes not courts of law is anyone’s guess.

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