TESO, Kenya, Dec 11 – A police officer based at Amagoro Patrol base was last night killed by a runaway vehicle at Koteko Road Block along Malaba-Bungoma Road in Teso North Sub County.
According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the vehicle, which was suspected to be ferrying smuggled goods, defied the order of police to stop for inspection. Instead, it sped off, running over Police Constable Nancy Chepchumba.
The said vehicle sped off towards Bungoma from Malaba Border.
Constable Nancy was rushed to Kocholia Sub County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The body has been moved to Moi and Teaching Referral Hospital in Eldoret, awaiting postmortem and burial.
Confirming the incident, Teso North Police Sub Commander Joseph Matiku said they have launched investigations in a bid to nab and bring to book the driver of the runaway vehicle.
The incident came barely two months after a similar incident when another Police Constable PC Simiyu was hit by another runaway vehicle at the same scene. He died after undergoing treatment at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
The accident was characterized with a lot of drama where residents who don’t value the sanctity of human life stole the deceased android phone and her AK 47 rifle.
However the police officers who were manning the roadblock launched an immediate search for the stolen rifle where it was recovered in the nearby bush.
Cases of road accidents along Malaba-Bungoma Road continue unabated with boda bodas and overlapping trucks, contributing immensely to these macabre deaths.
Area resident John Ichasi said four police officers have been killed in similar circumstances at the same Koteko Road Block, wondering why the police are not telling the truth surrounding the death of these officers.
The deceased sister Naomi Chepkemei, said they are yet to come to terms with the sudden death of their sister who was the family breadwinner.
“I am appealing to the government to speed up the investigation to ensure justice has been served,” she said.
Smuggling remains the biggest nightmare towards development of Busia town and revenue collection as many traders are opting for cheap smuggled items from Uganda.
Photo: The deceased Police Constable Nancy Chepchumba.