Video footage aired on Citizen Tv has put Kajiado county on the spot after its askaris were recorded clobbering vendors on Saturday.
In the footage, men and women wearing county security uniforms belonging to the said county were seen mercilessly hitting vendors who reportedly staged peaceful demonstrations against the county government.
Ironically, police officers were also recorded providing security to the county security officers during the mission.
According to the vendors, the county security personnel have been extorting money from them illegally which prompted them to stage the protest.
The victims accused the askari’s of robbery with violence during the attack as some claimed to have lost their valuables to the security personnel.
“They grabbed me and pushed me by the stage side. Almost 30 county askaris came to me and started clobbering me.
I had Ksh50,000 in my pocket, one lady who I saw passing here, almost a few minutes ago, took the money. I had also bought a laptop from Nairobi but they went with it,” said one of the victim.
Kajiado East Member of Parliament Peris Tobiko condemned the incident calling on the County governor Joseph Ole lenku to be responsible enough and care for his people.
“We want development. we want our roads, markets to be constructed. We need water in Kitengela.
Let our governor stand up to the occasion and employ people who value and respect citizens who voted us,” said Tobiko.
However, the office of the governor said it had banned vendors from operating their business by the roadside but the sellers defied the order.
The county government accused the vendors of refusing to migrate to the newly constructed market despite having been served with notice.
Early this week trouble ensued after the county security officer engaged the vendors in running battles in a bid to destroy their business premises erected by the roadside.
A video also went viral showing the same askaris brutally beating business operators.
Here is video footage of an earlier incident: