In the clip reportedly recorded in Bahati area, Nakuru County, a towering Maasai man fully armed with a “nyahunyo” and “rungu” is seen whipping residents he finds not adhering to the strict social distancing rules given out by the World Health Organization – like that of keeping a distance of at least a meter apart when in crowded places.
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Despite Uhuru Kenyatta’s government insisting that a curfew is a crucial tool in the fight against the spread of the illness, its implementation has been widely criticized.
Over the last few days, there have been growing calls for rogue Kenyan officers to be held accountable following reports of brutality when enforcing COVID-19c related restrictions.
In Mombasa, officers were filmed beating people waiting to board the ferry, as well as journalists covering the events, two hours before the start of the curfew on Friday.
The following day, it was reported that a motorbike taxi driver was assaulted by the police after reportedly dropping a pregnant woman off at the hospital and later died of his injuries.
When introducing Kenya’s first “survivors” of the Chinese Virus, President Uhuru Kenyatta “apologized” for the violence witnessed nationwide.
“I want to apologize to all Kenyans for … some excesses that were conducted,” he said on Wednesday in Nairobi. “But I want to assure you that if we work together if we all understand that this problem needs all of us, and if we pull in the same direction, we will overcome.” – President Uhuru Kenyatta
His comments came a day after police said they had opened an investigation into the death of a 13-year-old boy on Monday evening when officers attempted to clear out street vendors in the informal settlement of Kiamaiko in Nairobi.