Kenyans are calling for the arrest and prosecution of Kisumu County government askaris who were caught on camera dragging a woman on the road.
A video shared on social media shows a speeding white pickup truck dragging the lady by her legs along a tarmac road in Kisumu.
Rogue Kisumu County askaris dragging a woman hawker on the tarmac with their vehicle. The impunity that this County Government has is on another level. And instead of taking the injured to hospital, they are rushing to Central Police Station to have the culprit detained. pic.twitter.com/iU4SmyiTw4
— TheNortherner (@alaminkimathi) March 24, 2021
Some boda-boda riders are seen following the vehicle in an attempt to save the woman but the driver does not stop.
The woman, who has since been identified as 38-year-old Beatrice Magolo, sustained injuries during the incident that has sparked public outrage.
In an interview with local media, Beatrice said she was selling her products near the Kisumu Bus Park when a group of kanjo askaris ambushed her.
The officers hastily tried to bundle her onto the back of the vehicle but she resisted, leading to a scuffle that drew the attention of fellow hawkers and boda-boad operators. The driver of the truck abruptly sped off for fear of being attacked by mob.
“One of the kanjo askaris firmly held my right arm, causing me to hang from the truck with my legs on the tarmac road,” the single mother said.
“Governor [Anyang] Nyong’o demolished our kiosks next to the bus park but did not relocate us to another place. So we have nowhere to do our businesses apart from hawking,” she added.
She was dragged along the tarmac for nearly half a kilometer before she was dropped off at the gate of Central Police Station.
Beatrice is calling for justice following the barbaric act that was condemned by Kisumu MCAs.