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Nairobi County discredits video of brute askaris

The Nairobi County has discredited a video on social media showing its askaris harassing a disabled woman.

County Secretary and Head of County Public Service Dr Robert Ayisi while addressing reporters on Friday afternoon claimed the video was an old clip that was taken before the current administration’s tenure.

“This incident took place during the Nairobi City Council era, long before Dr Evans Kidero became the governor of Nairobi City County,” Ayisi said.

“We condemn violence and do not tolerate the use of violence in resolving issues, we would like to make it clear that this is an incident that took place in 2010 when a group of People with Living with Disabilty demanded to see President Mwai Kibaki in State House,” Ayisi said of the video that has irked many Nairobians.


Dr Ayisi also said the County was already rebranding and soon all their enforcement officers will be issued with new uniforms with identification name tags. Properly branded vehicles will also be availed to the officers.

In the video, more than six male county askaris are seen dragging and pushing the disabled woman who is on her wheel chair and trying to throw her in a waiting county van.

This is not the first time that city askaris have been implicated in the use excessive force and brutality while executing their task.

In January Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko gave a shocking revelation of a female hawker who was arrested, raped and bottles inserted into her private parts and on December 31, 2015.

Sonko also claimed that at the time, 19 hawkers have lost their lives, and went ahead to name some of the victims.