× Digital News Videos Africa Health & Science Opinion Columnists Education Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Arts & Culture Gender Planet Action Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS


Report: Police killing hawkers

By Cynthia Awuor | Dec 12th 2014 | 2 min read

A report by the Independent Medical Legal Unit (Imlu) has revealed that police shootings account for the bulk of injuries inflicted on hawkers and small-scale business operators in Nairobi.

Titled ‘A Cry for Justice: Torture and Ill-Treatment of Hawkers and Small Scale Traders in Nairobi City’, the report says half of the shooting incidents on the traders were done by the police.

The county security wing, commonly referred to as county askaris, account for nearly half of the shootings. 

The report launched on Wednesday noted that male traders experienced more shootings than their female counterparts, and more often,they resulted in deaths or serious injuries.

It was revealed that more than 22 per cent of the traders had witnessed their colleagues die.

“A hawker was shot and seriously wounded in the knee by the police at Globe roundabout. Instead of taking him to hospital, he was handed over to the city askaris who bundled him into their van and proceeded to drive around the Central Business District,” a hawker in the report is quoted.

However, the report notes that during the election period, there is a reduction in cases of shootings, because politicians use the hawkers as a campaign strategy.

The report also revealed that bribing of city askaris has become “so normalised” that many traders are not aware that what they pay are not formal charges.

It further says that women also suffer sexual harassment from the county askaris, as a form of bribery.

“Accepting sexual advances from male askaris is treated as a form of bribery. The women who give in are exempted from harsh treatment meted out on traders,” reads the report.

The study records that hawkers are vulnerable to threats of arrest, confiscation of their wares, and death.


Share this story
CIA chief admits use of brutal interrogation techniques on detainees
Some officers of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used brutal techniques on terrorist suspects and there was no proof of useful information yielded from the interrogation, chief of the U.S. spy agency said on Thursday.
When Njonjo almost resigned over coffee smugglers
Known as the era of black gold, it began in 1976 when Ugandan farmers decided to sell their coffee in the private market.