Residents of Irondi village in Birongo, Nyaribari Chache constituency, Kisii County have raised alarm over increased police harassment.

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The locals led by Calvin Ombasa while speaking on Monday at Birongo protested against police officers attached at Birongo Police Station.

They said that the officers have been going round Irondi village claiming that they are patrolling but end up soliciting for bribes.

"Police officers attached to Birongo have been moving around demanding for money from business owners at night on grounds that they are protecting businesses. On Monday 1 am, three police officers, arrested a woman from the village after she failed to cooperate," said Ombasa as reported by Egesa FM.

According to Ombasa, the officers were demanding Sh30,000 to release the woman.

Purity Nyangaresi,  a trader called on Kisii County Police Commander Martin Kibet and County Commissioner Godfrey Kigochi to intervene.

"Birongo police officers have prioritized money instead of protecting us. We will be forced to hold demos if the officers are not transferred," she noted. 

When contacted on Tuesday, Kibet confirmed receipt of the complaints saying he will look into the issue. 

"I urge locals to be patient as we investigate the claims about Birongo police officers' harassment. The work of the police is to protect people and not demanding bribes," he noted. 

Kibet observed that rogue police officers won't be tolerated in the area.