In a bold move that is unique to Kenya, the head of the City Inspectorate Department at the Kisumu City County has resigned.
This follows the brutal dragging of a female trader on the tarmac by officers under him.
Rogue Kisumu County askaris dragging a woman hawker on the tarmac with their vehicle. The impunity that this County Government has is on another level. And instead of taking the injured to hospital, they are rushing to Central Police Station to have the culprit detained. pic.twitter.com/iU4SmyiTw4
— TheNortherner (@alaminkimathi) March 24, 2021
The following letter was addressed to Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Ny’ong’o 2 days after the unfortunate incident happened.
Dear Sir, RE: RESIGNATION FROM DUTY AS THE As. HEAD OF THE CITY INSPECTORATE
I Wilberforce Lugusa Ndagona do hereby tender my resignation as the acting head of The Inspectorate of the County Government of Kisumu on account of the matter which occurred on the 24th of March, 2021 involving certain junior officers under my watch and a lady, a mother, grabbed and dragged along a street The art committed was unconscionable, diabolical and against all the rules of natural justice.
I hereby take full and moral responsibility for the acts committed thereto. I hereby extend my deepest regret to all the people of Kisumu county end the nation as a whole, for this is not what the County Government of Kisumu represents.
I take this opportunity to express my most sincere gratitude for the opportunity you gave me to serve in your most able government.
Willy Lugusa Ndagona
The nine Kisumu County askaris, Victor Ochieng, Kevin Omondi, George Ochieng, Paul Ochieng, Faith Akoth, Martin Ogwa, Japheth Odero, Vincent Otieno and Joseph Orwa, that dragged the lady trader were arrested and charged in a Kisumu court.
They appeared before the Kisumu’s Resident Magistrate Martha Agutu. The case will be mentioned on April 13 and heard on April 20.