Police Corporal, Mercy Wandera, captured on video being assaulted by a pilot assigned to Deputy President William Ruto, has been honoured with a Hero's Award by a non governmental organisation.
Ms Wandera is set to receive a Community Based Hero’s Award and certificate from Aids Reality Awareness Campaign and Drugs Abuse Prevention Surveillance (ARECA-DAPS) Association through the Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet.
According to a report by Nairobi News, the NGO’s director Dr Michael Munene said Ms Wandera was unanimously selected and nominated to receive the award due to her outstanding and unique personality that she demonstrated amidst the humiliating episode.
The NGO lauded Ms Wandera, stating that the courage she portrayed by restraining herself from lashing out at Captain Llewelyn Alistair Patrick when he provoked her, had prevented the crowd from beating up her assailant.
Dr Munene noted that Ms Wandera acted wisely by avoiding a situation that could have caused an embarrassment to the DP and in essence the country as a whole.
In Febrauary this year, a video emerged showing the DP's pilot harrassing Ms Wandera, stirring an online storm that prompted Kenyans to demand for the deportation of Alistair.
In the clip shared widely on social media, the pilot was caught violently pushing the police officer while ordering her to do her work.
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Alistair was arrested and charged with assault and creating disturbance. He was then ordered to present his citizenship, passport and travel documents before being released on a Sh750,000 bond or a Sh250,000 cash bail.
The pilot also lost his contract with Kwae Island Development Limited, a company that had contracted his services, when the assault happened.