‘Walituosha na maji na wakavunja counter’: Cops caught on CCTV in Kayole
Residents of Kayole say they are living in fear after a police operation.
CCTV footage from Kisima and Spiders captured an hour of intimidation of revelers and employees at two bars: Kisima and Spiders.
“Vile waliingia hakuna kitu waliitisha, walituosha na maji na wakavunja counter na pombe zote na wakabomoa hadi madirisha wakituambia bunduki imepotea…,” said Hellen Mwende, an employee at Kisima bar.
The raid, according to Mwende, began at 9pm and unknown to them, the officers had raided another bar a few kilometres away.
“Walituitisha pesa ile tumeuza tukawaambia sisi hatujui pesa iko wapi sisi ni wafanyakazi. Wakatupiga na kutumwagilia maji, wakavunja counter na kuturushia machupa, nikapiga nduru wakaniekea bunduki wakasema ‘ata kuua tunaua’…,” said Lucy Wangari, an employee at Spiders bar.
“Baada ya dakika kidogo, akatoa bunduki akapiga risasi hii TV na ile ingine, na hio pistol akagonga nayo TV….,” narrated Sarah Wanjiku, another employee at Spiders bar.
This could be the first case documenting police harassment but to the residents here in Kayole it is nothing unusual.
“Serikali mbona munatutumia polisi kuja kuchapa watu wake…,” posed Charles Muriuki, a businessman in Kayole.
According to Kayole OCPD Henry Kosgey, the operation was to crack down on bars operating illegally but the mode in which it was carried out baffled him.
The night of the operation saw many people arrested; they spent the night at the Kasarani Police Station, only for them to be transferred to City Hall on Monday morning.
“ Tulipelekwa City Hall tukashtakiwa eti sisi ni walevi, tukafanya community work for two hours tukaachiliwa bure…,” Mwende lamented.
Residents claim the Sunday incident is not an isolated case.
They say more often than not, they have found themselves at the mercy of the officers who ironically took an oath to protect civilians.
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