DPP directs IG Police, IPOA to expedite probe into assault of Nairobi MCA Musyimbi
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has directed the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) to expedite investigations into an assault incident of a female Member of Nairobi County Assembly by police on Tuesday.
The Mlango Kubwa Member of County Assembly Patriciah Mutheu Musyimbi was assaulted by four police officers in a video that went viral on social media, prompting uproar among the public.
The officers had been called to Nairobi’s City Hall to contain the situation after a number of MCAs attempted to serve Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice Elachi with an impeachment motion.
IG Police Mutyambai has now ben tasked to expedite probe into the matter, after he informed DPP Haji that investigation was at an advanced stage.
“Pursuant to Article 157 (4) of the Constitution, I have directed the IPOA and DCI through the tG to have the matter expedited and the resultant files forwarded to my office for appropriate action, ” said DPP Haji.
During the scene, it was said that Speaker Elachi locked herself up to avoid receipt of a notice of the motion, and alerted police officers to reinforce security within the Assembly claiming she was surrounded.
Police officers lobbed several teargas canisters to disperse the MCAs.
Addressing the press after the incident, Mutheu said she was physically assaulted by the police because she was unable to run when chaos erupted at the Assembly.
“I was lying down because I had a surgery recently and I couldn’t run, I was alone there and I wasn’t causing any disturbance,” she said.
A group of MCAs on July 26 announced a fresh bid to oust Speaker Elachi for abuse of office, corruption and victimization of MCAs.
The drama is latest in a series of actions that exhibit division in Nairobi County that appears to pit Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director General Mohammed Abdalla Badi against Governor Sonko who last week declared a dispute over the deed of transfer.