Kisumu Governor orders suspension of 12 askaris who dragged a woman by a vehicle

Kisumu county governor Peter Anyang Nyong’o [Photo: The Standard]

Kisumu county governor Peter Anyang Nyong’o has ordered the suspension of 12 Kisumu county askaris who dragged a woman by a vehicle on Wednesday morning. 

38 year old Beatrice Magolo, a trader in Kisumu was towed and dragged by a police pickup for close to 300 metres before bodaboda operators stopped the car, an incident that stirred up resentful reactions by kenyans calling upon the county government of kisumu to take action. 

Beatrice is being administered at ST. Jairus hospital. Governor Nyongo said he was saddened and shocked following the arrest and mishandling of the trader by the city’s enforcement officers.

In a statement he said, “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 yesterday morning.

He added, “As investigations continue on this matter with the urgency it deserves, 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.”

Kisumu deputy governor Mathew Owilli said each of the police officers will be individually dealt with according to the law.

He said, If they are found guilty, they will be sacked adding that they are already out of office.

FIDA kenya lawyer Jnaet Anyango spoke on the incident calling out for assertiveness in recognising equality in gender based rights and criticized the incident urging appropriate action to be taken on the perpetrators 

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