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Police must arrest goons

The fact that a hired gang could rough up Timothy Muriuki unashamedly and in full glare of cameras is shocking.

Goons rough up former Nairobi Central Business District Association (NCBDA) chairman Timothy Muriuki at Boulevard Hotel on April 30, 2018 just as he had started addressing the press. Photo | Jeff Angote | NMG

Monday’s beating of former chairman of Nairobi Central Business District Association Timothy Muriuki by hoodlums at a city hotel – while he addressed the Press – is, to say the least, deplorable. The fact that a hired gang could rough up Mr Muriuki unashamedly and in full glare of cameras is shocking. The goons appeared less concerned about the consequences of their actions, possibly because they knew that there would be no price to pay.  It is a worrying state of affairs, given that the police have yet to show that they are addressing the matter, even as the incident happened not too far from the Central Police Station.

Unbeknown to the goons, their actions do the least to establish Nairobi as an investment destination. No business person wants to invest their money in a city where there is little regard for the rule of law. Not so, especially when the authorities seem unwilling or lax to promptly respond.Without a doubt, the incident also indicts the Nairobi County leadership. It is good that Governor Mike Sonko has denied association with the goons and has asked the police to deal with the issue. But the fact that the gang appeared to act in the governor’s name is telling. We expect the police to speedily investigate the matter, arrest the suspects and charge them because that is the only way to tackle the impunity.

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