Burinda area of Butula sub-county of Busia County is a no go zone following a fierce battle between the police and boda boda riders . The riders are said to have set a blaze a Police camp, Chief Camp and a Police Land cruiser after a female Administration Police Officer shot dead one of their own.
Trouble began when a bodaboda only identified to as ‘Nyabola’ collided with a school pupil of a nearby Burinda Primary school who was riding on a bicycle. According to an eyewitness, the pupil entered the wrong side of the road and that’s where they collided with the boda boda rider but the pupil was not hurt.
“The boda boda rider wasn’t speeding at all his motorbike just pushed the pupil’s bicycle a little bit making the pupil fall down. in fact the pupil just got up took his bicycle and pushed it away but the police officer who was near the scene tried to take the keys from the rider who resisted and that is when the female officer shot him killing him on the spot” said the eye witness.
It is after the incidence that Boda Bodas from Burinda mobilised themselves and headed for the nearby police post and setting it ablaze before extending their anger to to the Chief’s camp and a police land cruiser which were also reduced to ashes.
Area leaders who included the Busia women representative Florence Mutua and the Busia gurbanatorial aspirant Mr. Lucas Meso have condemned the act by the officer calling on the Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet to ensure that action is taken against the rogue officer. ” @jboinnet: Sir can you kindly intervene in this Butula issue we are going to bury how many people for your trigger happy police to leave us?” Mutua tweeted.