IPOA probing cops accused of tying Mercy Cherono to motorbike, dragging her on the road


IPOA probing cops accused of tying Mercy Cherono to motorbike, dragging her on the road

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) is probing claims that police officers in Kuresoi South tied a woman to a motorbike and dragged her on a dirt-road.

21-year-old Mercy Cherono is currently nursing injuries at the Olenguruone Hospital.

“IPOA this (Wednesday) morning learnt of an incident in which members of the National Police Service allegedly tied a woman to a motorcycle, drove the vehicle while dragging and whipping the woman,” the statement reads.

IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori said investigations will seek to establish the allegations of assault, injury and any other misconduct against the police officers.

She said the Authority will make appropriate recommendations if culpability is established.

A video emerged on social media showing Ms Cherono pleading for her life as she was dragged across the dirt by a moving motorbike.

An unidentified man is seen raining blows on her exposed back with a horse whip as he wielded a Maasai rungu.

The video caused uproar with scores of Kenyans demanding justice.

Citizen Digital has established that 7 suspects who were arrested in Molo in connection with the incident are yet to be arraigned in court.

Ms Cherono had been accused of being part of a three-person gang that broke into Deputy OCS David Kiprotich’s house while he was away.

It was alleged that the gang made away with Ksh.10,000, police uniform, a TV set and a sub-woofer.

Ms Cherono who is believed to have been part of the gang was unable to flee during the incident and locked herself in the bathroom.

She was found huddled in there and dragged outside where officers apparently beat her up before tying her to the bike.

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