By Senetor Millicent Omanga.
As a member of Nairobi County Delegation to the Senate and a woman Leader, I wish to condemn in the strongest terms possible the manhandling, assault, beating and gender violence visited on Mlango Kubwa MCA Hon Patriciah Mutheu aling with her colleagues Hon Anita, Hon Nancy muthoni And 3 others within the precincts of Nairobi County Assembly.
As a bonafide Nairobi County MCAs they are entitled to enter Nairobi County premises at any time to exercise her mandate on behalf of her constituents. It is very wrong and unacceptable for Speaker Beatrice Elachi to use police force to intimidate, harass and maim Nairobi leaders especially fellow women leaders.
If a woman leader in Nairobi is not safe or free from gendee-based violence in Nairobi County Assembly premises, is any woman who is resident in Nairobi County safe anywhere? It is clear from these pictures that Hon Mutheu was not armed with any weapon at all unless police these days consider a woman’s handbag and cellphone to be a dangerous weapons.
The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has an obligation to tell Kenyans what four (4) armed male police officers doing beating, assaulting and clobbering one woman leader who posed no threat to them even after she had fallen down.
At the same time, I request the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to look into this matter and prosecute these rogue police officers for their crimes. The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) must also not leave any stone unturned in investigating this matter and in particular must investigate the misuse of police by Speaker Elachi to settle scores and frustrate the mandate of Nairobi County Assembly.
It is very unfortunate that in this day and age, with our progressive Constitution and Bill of Rights, we are witnessing this such blatant impunity and gender-based violence perpetrated against women leaders in the National Capital.
How does the National Police Service really hope to convince women and girls who are victim of gender-based violence across the country to trust them when senior male police officers like these four have the audacity to perpetrate violence against elected women leaders like Hon Mutheu and the 3 others in their own place of work? Is this National Police Service or National Police Force?