A video released on social media a few moments ago has Kenyans outraged! The infamous Kenyan police are on the spotlight yet again and we are sad to report there’s no good news.
— BRAVIN™ (@ItsBravin) February 5, 2019
The video shows fist-hand police brutality in action. In the video, a group of five police officers, 2 men and three women in uniform are seen harassing Kenyan lady from the front seat of a matatu believed to be from Kasarani area in Nairobi. The distressed lady in question is seen screaming as they attempt to dislodge her from the matatu forcefully almost making her fall on the ground. They employ very aggressive means, tagging at her clothes almost tearing them and even confiscate her phone in the process.
#ReleaseNjeri @RobertAlai asking for a friend…. Is it right for police to ask passengers sitted at the front to alight so they get in to arrest the vehicle???? (In most cases they are just negotiating bribe with no witness)))))))))
— dmateusmatakwei (@mnjihia2013) February 5, 2019
The circumstances leading up to the events in the video are still unclear. Many question if it was one of their corrupt moves to solicit ‘chai’ from the driver of the matatu. The brave young lady who recorded and uploaded the video is called Njeri and has since been arrested and is being detained at Kasarani police station for her courageous act. She is heard screaming,”It’s her right! Mbona mnamshukisha?” while defending the unknown lady facing harassment from the Police Officers.
We are citizens of this country ?? ?? @KenyaPolice3, we pay taxes which pay your salaries, harassing a citizen isn’t in-order. Njeri has the right to use her phone and arresting is intimidation. @FredMatiangi look into this #ReleaseNjeri pic.twitter.com/9qnUwXYjbX
— Rafiki_ke ?? (@fidel_Ke) February 5, 2019
Kenyans have taken to twitter to demand for the release of the young lady and intervention from Fred Matiangi and Inspector General Joseph Boinnet into the matter.
@FredMatiangi @UKenyatta Rogue police officers recorded harassing they have taken this woman into custody is it wrong to record something bad happening @JBoinnet @ItsMutai @Suwaki6 @KenyanTraffic @Ma3Route @RobertAlai #ReleaseNjeri Can they explain her offence
— NURSERY DROP OUT ?? (@FredricMomanyi) February 5, 2019
Kenyans have since expressed their dissatisfaction in the impunity and rogueness of the police under the hashtag #ReleaseNjeri.