Woman is dragged through the streets from the back of a truck by Kenyan officials ‘after refusing to bribe them’
- The images show how the woman is dragged through the streets of the city of Kisumu
- She was described as a 39-year-old fruit salesman who had refused to pay a bribe
- The regional governor said officials had been banned after the “ugly” incident
A woman was dragged along a road by truckers in Kenya after allegedly refusing to bribe them.
Images from the city of Kisumu showed angry locals chasing the truck as it dragged the woman through the streets in an incident that sparked outrage.
Described by local media as a 39-year-old fruit seller, the woman is said to have been injured in the legs and arms after being dragged more than 500 meters.
Regional Governor Peter Anyang ‘Nyong’o said he was’ saddened and shocked’ by the images and said he had ordered the suspension of the officials involved.
A truck manned by Kenyan officials drove down a street while a female fruit seller was towed across the road in an incident that sparked outrage
According to local media, the woman was selling oranges and lemons on the sidewalk when confronted by the city’s enforcers.
Some reports said she had refused to pay bribes to the officials, known as askaris, who is described as notorious for extorting money.
“They usually take our goods and ask for money before we get them back,” she said The nation
“But on this day I thought I was going to die because they were dragging me while the vehicle was pulling away.”
One of the officers on the truck reportedly took her by the hand as the vehicle pulled away, forcing her to scrape the road in full view of pedestrians.
Feeling the anger of passers-by, the truck is said to have driven to a police station while officers sprayed tear gas to disperse the angry mob.
Described by local media as a 39-year-old fruit seller, the woman is said to have been injured in the legs and arms after being dragged more than 500 meters
Images from the city of Kisumu showed angry locals chasing the truck as it dragged the woman through the streets
The seller’s son was also reportedly arrested after a confrontation with the officers, while the woman herself went to the hospital to have her wounds examined.
The Kenya Human Rights Commission described the 17-second clip as a “chilling video” of the woman being dragged through the streets.
County officials “have a duty to ensure that these officers are identified, arrested and prosecuted,” the commission said.
“Such inhuman treatment of civilians cannot be tolerated.”
Nyong’o, the governor of Kisumu province, described the ‘mistreatment’ of the female trader as an ‘ugly incident’ and vowed to investigate it with ‘urgency’.
“I have ordered the city official to suspend all agents involved in this incident with immediate effect,” he said.
In the meantime, all district enforcement officers must perform their duties with full respect for the human rights of their citizens.