New Twist in Case of Woman Dragged by Kisumu Askaris

  • Beatrice Magolo, the trader who was dragged by law enforcement officers seeks to move to court to seek justice after the incident.
    Beatrice Magolo, the trader who was dragged by law enforcement officers seeks to move to court to seek justice after the incident.
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  • Beatrice Magolo, the 38-year-old lady who was filmed being dragged in Kisumu by law enforcement officers has revealed her next move in regards to the incident.

    Magolo dismissed rumors that she has dropped the complaint after being promised a stall by the county government.

    The mother of four confirmed that she had already gotten a lawyer and would move to court to get justice for gross violation of her rights

    "Word is going around that I have dropped the matter, I haven't. My children are suffering and am still in pain. I have no idea how I'll raise rent which is due on the 4th," she lamented.

    Magolo further said that she is yet to see the stall that the county claims was allocated to her at Chichwa Market.

    "They've neither reached out nor shown me the stall they claim to have given me. I have also not received medical assistance," she added.

    A woman being dragged by askaris in Kisumu County
    A woman being dragged by askaris in Kisumu County
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    She added that the lawyer had bought her medication and is going to assist her to pursue justice. “I was advised to spend a night at the ward but I could not, given the situation back at home. I was treated and my lawyer bought me some drugs as advised by the doctors, but I am still in pain,” she explained..

    She will sue the county government and the officers through lawyer Joshua Odhiambo Nyamori. “The reason we have taken the route of the constitutional petition is that some rights issues under the Bill of Rights are involved. To enforce rights, we have to go to court through a petition."

    “We are also going to engage the county government because what happened was an exhibition of systemic failure,” said Nyamori.

    The decision comes after Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o on Thursday, March 25, suspended 12 County Askaris involved in the incident.

    Kisumu City Manager Abala Wanga confirmed the suspension saying investigations were underway. Governor Nyong'o expressed his disappointment at the officers' behavior and wished the victim a quick recovery.

    The incident caused an uproar after the video went viral, with many demanding that action be taken against the officers. The officers dragged her on the road after she reused to board the county van.

    The woman's 22-year-old son was also locked up at the Kisumu Central Police Station after he attempted to rescue the mother. The vehicle was carrying hawkers arrested for allegedly conducting business illegally on the streets of the lakeside city.

    The hawkers accused the county officers of mistreatment, adding that they had been arbitrarily harassed and beaten up on the streets while the county government remained silent.

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    An Image of a Court Hammer
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