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CJ Koome weighs in on harassment of female motorist by boda boda riders

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 Chief Justice Martha Koome [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Chief Justice Martha Koome has joined Kenyans in condemning the acts of some boda boda riders who were captured on camera harassing a female motorist.

In a statement seen by Standard Entertainment, the CJ stated that the act was ‘cruel, inhumane and obsoleting of any sense of humanity.’

“I hope that the perpetrators will be apprehended and processed through the criminal justice system in a systematic manner observing careful considerations of criminal investigation, prosecution and efficient judicial management of any preferred case in accordance with the tenets of the Constitution and the rule of law.

“As a woman and a Kenyan citizen, I decry this act as barbaric and requiring the highest legal attention. Kenyan women, girls, and indeed citizens must feel protected and safe in their own country. This is a priority that we must continue to pursue,” read the statement in part.

Sources indicate that the young woman, driving a silver saloon car, was allegedly involved in an accident with one of the Boda Boda riders on Wangari Maathai Road (former Forest Road) prompting the outrage.

In the one-minute video, a crowd of Boda Boda riders are seen following the silver car shouting ‘Come Out’.

The National Police Service also commented on the incident that happened on March 4, 2022, noting that the perpetrators shall face the full force of the law.

Police spokesperson Bruno Shioso added that 32 people have been arrested so far and 12 motorcycles have been seized in connection with the incident.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, on his part, said he was shocked and disgusted by the viral clip, noting that more needs to be done to protect road users from such acts.

“I am shocked and disgusted by a viral video clip of a female motorist being molested by suspected boda boda riders along Wangari Maathai /Forest Road. We must protect our roads from such vile and reprehensible acts of aggression.

“I have asked our security agents to ensure that all the perpetrators of this dastardly act are swiftly apprehended and suitably punished for their heinous act,” he tweeted.

 Interior CS Fred Matiang'i [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

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