IG Mutyambai condemns attack on officer as he enforced mask-wearing rule in Mombasa

The 31-year-old officer who was beaten by a mob in Mombasa as he enforced mask-wearing rules/ COURTESY

The Inspector General of Police has condemned the violent attack on a cop by a mob in Mombasa as he tried enforce Covid-19 regulations.

“I will not condone any attack on officers discharging their rightful mandate and I condemn this vehemently,” IG Hillary Mutyambai said on Friday.

The locals of Kibokoni, Old Town, accused the officer of harassing them for failing to wear face masks. The officer is admitted to the Coast General Hospital with head injuries and a fracture.

“Whereas it is the duty of police officers and indeed myself as the Inspector General of Police to protect the public, we also have a duty to defend and protect officers. Attacking officers in this manner is uncivilised way of doing things,” Mutyambai said.

The officer is attached to the Critical Infrastructure Police Unit , was in the company of his colleague who managed to escape from the mob.

He was rescued by colleagues from the Central Police Station.

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