Drama ensued at Diani Police station in Kwale County on Wednesday after a contingent of Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) stormed the station to rescue one of their own.
According to local media reports, Sgt Suleiman Hamisi Banda was arrested by officers from the station after he went to demand for the release of his impounded motorcycle.
The police, who claimed the motorcycle was abandoned at the roadside before it was towed to the station, asked him to produce documentation leading to a fierce confrontation.
Reports indicate the officers exchanged blows before the KDF soldier was overpowered and taken into custody.
Shortly after, 12 soldiers, in their KDF truck, raided the station demanding for his release.
The officers went on to raid the station’s cells, getting away with their colleague and the motorcycle in question.
Tensed police men watched from a safe distance as the officers carried out the raid.
“Our seniors watched from a distance without intervening. This kind of intimidation and harassment by our colleagues must stop, it has affected our morale, we are bitter,” one of the policemen disclosed to the People Daily on condition of anonymity, citing sensitivity of the matter.
The incident comes weeks after a group of KDF soldiers stormed Lang’ata Police station in Nairobi, and engaged into a fist fight with officers at the station as they sought the release of their colleague.
According to reports, the officer had been arrested over assault allegations.
Speaking on the night drama, Nairobi Regional Commander Phillip Ndolo noted that the arrested officer was nabbed after assaulting a traffic officer along Kitengela Road.
In a statement drafted after the incident, it is noted that the KDF soldier, “wrestled him to the ground claiming the (traffic police) was blocking the road.”
Ndolo later noted that the officer’s colleague later stormed the police station where he was being detained, demanding for his immediate release.