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Arrest him! Women MPs want conductor in viral assault video arrested

The Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) has called on Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome to have a conductor who assaulted female passengers along Thika Road.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, KEWOPA Chairperson and Kajiado Woman Representative Leah Sankaire called for a heightened probe into the incident and the arrest of the conductor who was captured in the viral video last month smacking the passenger to the ground as she cried for help.

She urged him to ensure that investigations are done without any bias and that the culprit is charged with the applicable laws.

“KEWOPA would like to call upon the Inspector General, Mr Japhet Koome and all the relevant authorities to immediately effect the necessary arrests and investigations in the matter, ensure that the investigations are done without any bias and the culprit is charged per the applicable laws,” said Sankaire.

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Members of Parliament led by Sen. Veronica Maina during the press conference at Parliament buildings on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, regarding the recent Gender Based Violence incident on Thika Road. PHOTO| DENNIS ONSONGO.

The lawmaker also implored the authorities to investigate the operations of the matatu and ensure that the regulations include protection against criminal acts, including Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the codes of conduct of staff operating public service vehicles.

She termed the incident as a “violation of human rights and dignity.”

At the same time, Sankaire urged public service vehicle (PSV) operators to recognise that disagreements are not an excuse to violate the rights of passengers.

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She also called on PSV owners to train their staff on the importance of respecting and protecting the rights of users of their services.

“KEWOPA further calls on ByBuss Ltd and the Matatu Owners Association to take immediate action to address this incident, including issuing a formal apology to the affected female passenger and the public, and to hold the individual responsible accountable for his actions through dismissal,” said added.

In the incident that occurred last Wednesday, November 29, 2023, and was caught on a clip that went viral on social media, the two can be seen arguing as he remained adamant before finally unleashing a slap on the woman’s face that sent her to the ground.

The incident was after a disagreement over her agreed drop point.

While attempting to get up, the victim could be heard complaining that the bus had dropped her off far from her intended stage.

Passers-by, who feared for the woman’s safety, rushed to her rescue to protect her from the rogue tout.