Capital FM Presenter Petitions CS Matiang'i after House Party Assault

  • Interior CS Fred Matiang'i speaks during National Safety Roads Programme on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i speaks during National Safety Roads Programme on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
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  • Capital FM News presenter Angela Wambui, through her lawyers, has written to Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai over her assault at a house party in Kileleshwa, Nairobi.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke on Thursday, December 31, the soft-spoken journalist disclosed that she sustained injuries during the December 19 incident in which she was whipped by a senior police officer.

    She further noted that she was attending a house party when 50 police officers stormed the venue.

    Wambui explained that the number of attendees were about 40 and that it was an invite only event in which Covid-19 directives were strictly adhered to.

    Capital FM presenter Angela Wambui
    Capital FM presenter Angela Wambui.
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    "I sustained injuries and I still have them even now. I went to Nairobi Hospital because I tried to get a P3 but unfortunately when I was released from the cell, I went to three different police stations and they all refused to give me an OB number.

    "It was a garden party and we had shut down the music at 8:30 p.m. About 9 p.m. or 10 p.m., about 50 police officers entered the premise," explained Wambui.

    She said that they were all ordered to lie down and it was in the events that followed when she was beaten up for speaking out.

    "In the midst of moving us (to a police station), there is an officer who began using a whip. As the officers were manhandling people, I just told one of the officers that 'you cannot manhandle women like that' and I think that made the officer mad. He lashed me with the whip and another officer slapped me. I began to speak out for myself and that is why I was whipped," she added.

    She further explained that her decision to petition Matiangi and Mutyambai, and copy the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji, was influenced by her zeal to seek justice.

    "At the end of the day I just want to seek justice. It is holiday time and I feel like my case is not the first and is not going to be the last. 

    "I really feel like officers should be held accountable and unfortunately in this situation, these are senior officers. If this is the example, it is really a dangerous precedence," she added.

    Shortly after the incident occurred, Mutyambai denied allegations of police officers brutalising members of the public when the raid occurred.

    The IG clarified that the police had responded to a disturbance call from a distraught neighbour, not a crackdown on curfew enforcement as potraited on social media.

    "The attention of the National Police has been drawn to allegations doing rounds in social media on alleged assault by police officers on members of the public in an estate within Nairobi.

    We wish to clarify to members of the public that the incident had nothing to do with enforcement of curfew orders," stated the IG in part.

    Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai during a passing out parade for 1,224 officers in December 2019
    Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai during a passing out parade for 1,224 officers in December 2019
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