A speeding county van conducting patrols inside Kisumu town dragged a hawker on the tarmac, in an incident that was captured on video.
The video seen by Kenyans.co.ke, shows the vehicle, which witnesses say belongs to the Kisumu County, dragging the hawker on the tarmac as it sped away from a mob.
Sources indicate that the vehicle was carrying hawkers who were arrested for allegedly conducting business illegally on the streets of Kisumu.
The hawkers accused the county officers of mistreatment, adding that they have been arbitrarily harassed, beaten up on the streets and even thrown in cells – as the administration remain silent.
A crowd gathers at the scene where a man shot at residents at Kisumu Bus Park on Friday morning, March 5, 2021
Sources indicate that the hawkers were attempting to rescue their colleagues who had been arrested when one of them got stuck under the vehicle as it sped off.
Boda boda riders joined the hawkers in the protest – as they drove away the officers in what was slowly becoming an ugly scene.
The riders vowed to take matters into their own hands should Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o fail to address the issues of hawkers – and bodaboda operators in the county.
Governor Nyong’o has in the past attempted to evict traders from Kisumu town saying that the city needed to have some aesthetic value.
”We want to improve on the aesthetic value of the city, and to make sure that anybody who walks in the city streets does not walk on mud, but paved cabros and tarmac, hence the cleanup,” Nyong’o said in 2020.
On March 12, thousands of small traders from Kisumu were displaced as the county prepared to host the Africities Summit.
In 2016, a female hawker was almost ran over by a bus after hiding under it while attempting to get away from the city askaris. The shaken middle aged woman left the bus after over an hour despite convincing by witnesses that the officials had left.
Watch the video below: