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12 County Askaris Captured On Camera Dragging Woman On Tarmac Suspended

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12 County Askaris Captured On Camera Dragging Woman On Tarmac Suspended. Photo Courtesy

12 County Askaris Captured On Camera Dragging Woman On Tarmac Suspended

12 county enforcement officers who were captured on camera dragging a woman on the tarmac have been suspended by Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o.

In a statement, the Governor regretted the actions of the county askaris which he termed as saddening and shocking.

12 County Askaris Captured On Camera Dragging Woman On Tarmac Suspended. Photo Courtesy

“While away in Nairobi on official Council of Governors’ meetings, I have been saddened and shocked by a very unfortunate incident in Kisumu, following the arrest and mishandling of a lady trader by the City’s enforcement officers. I have directed the City Manager to immediately suspend from duty all the officers who were involved in this incident with immediate effect, until the conclusion of the on-going probe on the matter,” the statement read in part.

The 38-year-old Beatrice Magolo was on Wednesday treated at the Kisumu County Hospital with bruises on her hips, feet, and elbow after the incident.

According to Magolo, she had been arrested by the county askaris as she moved along Angawa Street, heading to the main bus terminus.

After trying to resist being bundled into the council pickup, some enforcement officers known to her held her hand, and the vehicle sped off as the lower part of the body dragged on the tarmac from Angawa Street to Kisumu Central Police Station, about 300 metres away.

The incident attracted fury from members of the public on social media, calling on the governor to take responsibility for the actions of the county askaris.

Felicity Gitonga

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