I left work early and rushed home to pick my sick child to rush her to hospital. The driver of our mat, youthful and calm drove off. It was minutes past 8 o’clock so we were going against the traffic. The mat was barely empty so we made several stops as the tout called for passengers along the way. As is the norm with Kisauni road, vehicles overtake/overlap/double park; causing obstruction in every intersection and driver’s are forced to squeeze between the narrow road to make their way through. So our driver tried that trick and unfortunately overtook a red Vitz and subsequently caused obstruction in the process. That was his worst mistake that he’ll live to regret. The driver of the Vitz hurriedly caught up with us and the person on the front seat besides the driver started to shout at our driver in protest of the act. Our calm driver humbly apologized and drove off.
A couple of minutes later after covering approximately 1km we were stopped by about 4 tall men standing next to a police double cabin under registration number GKB234E. They approached the drivers side and pulled the driver out. The red Vitz then approached from behind and the man who was protesting alighted, his stripped T-shirt slightly raised exposing the pistol that was tacked on his waist.
So they manhandled and dragged the shocked skinny driver who was pleading with them the entire time to the police double cabin. They attempted to force him in the pickup but changed their mind and started beating him. They made him lie on the ground and they pulled out flexible rubber material and started lashing and whipping the poor guy. He cried in lots of pain attracting attention of passers by but the guys made him bite a rock in an attempt to muffle him as they continuously lashed him.
Meanwhile they had one person standing outside the exit point of the mat perhaps to ensure that we don’t get out to protest or take videos of the act.
After a moment that almost lasted a life time they boarded their vehicle and left the injured man lying down. The poor man was not dead but he was seriously hurt. We were left wondering what to do, or whom to report to.
Someone told me that the police are untouchable and their is nothing we could do. I still don’t agree with that idea because I believe the police are meant to enforce law and order. But come to think of it, whom should we report to and do police take action against their own even when there is obvious evidence incriminating them.
I have always had great respect for men and women in uniform. The disciplined forces, the police whatever the beautiful names are given to them and I value their contribution in our society. Sometimes in my life I envisioned joining these institutions to provide these noble services to our people.
But after Thursday 15th February 2018, I look at some characters in police service with contempt. I have heard bad stories about the police, but never in my life had I seen these kind of gross violation of human rights at close range. It’s disgusting and hurting to watch a person whose primary role in the society is to enforce law and order break the same through brutal acts that trash public confidence to the reformed police service.
Probably it’s a familiar story, maybe some of my readers have experienced worse but I haven’t quite accepted that some human whose role is to maintain order and enforce law can manhandle, clobber, inflict excruciating pain and cause body injury to an innocent citizen.
I hope this story then will help me vent the rage and anger I have for the rouge men who clobbered a helpless driver. That’s just one act but what effect does this have on communities that experience police brutality daily. The feeling of wanting these men held accountable or even hurt back lingers in my mind. I covered my 3 year old child from watching but she had seen it all and it’s still disturbing her as well. Ain’t the police radicalizing the people they serve against themselves. How hard was it for them to check in the errant driver at the nearby police station. Why is it necessary for police to assault civilians, cause fear and enermity that is had reconcile……