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Boniface Mwangi assaulted at City Hall

02 July 2015, 10:19 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Human Rights activist Boniface Mwangi has accused City Hall of operating a cartel that is extorting money from boda boda riders operating in Nairobi.

Mwangi was arrested at City Hall on Wednesday after he allegedly tried to record an argument between him and a police officer guarding the building.

He said he had gone to follow up on the case where his friend who does courier delivery was arrested and his bike impounded.

He says he was stopped by an Administration Police officer who denied him entry to the building as he tried to inquire why his friend’s bike was impounded.

“Asking why, he arrogantly replied 'because I said so'. An argument ensued and l decided to record the conversation. that’s when all hell broke loose.

“He tried to snatch my phone, l stepped back and he started assaulting me. They arrested and took me to the County basement cells. Five more officers joined them as they dragged, kicked and tore my shirt, sweater, and trousers. They proceeded to beat me up thoroughly. They confiscated phone and deleted what I had recorded earlier,” Mwangi said.

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He said the cartel impounds motorbikes with no offence and a fee of KES 1 000 charged on the impounded bike every day.

“They are only released at least 2 weeks later for not less than KES 14 000. The City Hall bike cartel is minting hundreds of thousands of shillings from innocent bike riders. If anyone has committed any offence, they should be arrested and charged. Boda boda operators have no problem being arrested for actual offences committed and formally charged but protest unwarranted harassment,” Mwangi added.

He was released on a police bond of KES 50 000 after being charged for creating disturbance and resisting arrest.

Mwangi will be arraigned in court on July 14.

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