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What happens when police and KDF soldiers face off

6 months ago, 16 Apr 11:16

By: Michael Ollinga

We saw a uniformed police officer balancing his 75, or thereabout kilos on the neck of a young man against a concrete pavement in Industrial area the other day.

The young man who police want us to believe is a suspect is yet to be charged with any offence, so is the officer who at times seem ungovernable.

This came weeks on our TVs after Hollywood-like motion pictures of a group of regular police officers escorted a de?ant Miguna Miguna out of the JKIA in a show of bravado and roundly clobbered journalists who were on the fringes covering the event.

The six-foot four inches tall well-built lawyer literally walked in the air in the heat of the harassment.

Miguna who never lets a ?ght go would latter call the police “thugs”.

But as fate would have it, a time always comes for the high as kite, bullish and boisterous police to lie low as envelopes. This is when they meet the KDF boys, Crazy Monday learnt.

Tales of police officers facing off with soldiers, especially in garrison towns, are not new.

A look at the military towns of Kenya- Nanyuki, Eldoret, Gilgil and parts of Nairobi gives a lowly account of the regular police before the feet of the KDF.

“Hao watu wakikusumbua ama wasumbue wateja wako unaita tu soldier mmoja kutoka hapa Barracks anawatuliza (If the regular police disturb you or your clients just call a soldier from Embakasi barracks to restrain them),” Anne Wangui a bar tender in Embakasi Nairobi, tells the Crazy Monday.

She says that on many occasion police were used to moving around bars in Embakasi arresting patron on non-existent offences like “drinking after hours” and making them (bar operatives) think of a counter strategy.

They sought the help of KDF officers around the area to help them and things work out well. “I have witnessed police vehicles release patrons back to bars to continue drinking after arresting them at the sight of a KDF officer. It helps when the bulk of your clients are soldiers,” adds Ms Wangui.

Wangui’s mode of operation can, however, be counterproductive to the bar operatives because the bruised officers usually return to avenge their frustrations on patrons.

Such a case happened in 2016 at the Governors Bar in Embakasi where a patron called soldiers to take on regular police who were harassing them.

The soldiers encircled the bar and beat some plain clothes police officers to pulp then ordered patrons to continue drinking in peace. After the soldiers downed one or two on the relieved patrons’ bills they retired to the barracks to ?ght another day.

The patrons stayed on mimicking how the regular police begged the military men to spare their lives.

They laughed harder on how the police ?ed. Unknown to them (patrons) the police regrouped and came in droves to teach the shrewd patrons a lesson.

The level of beating the patrons receive can only be comprehended in a YouTube video that among other things shows police breaking into toilets and pulling out female patrons for a thrashing.

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What happens when police and KDF soldiers face off

6 months ago, 16 Apr 11:16

By: Michael Ollinga

We saw a uniformed police officer balancing his 75, or thereabout kilos on the neck of a young man against a concrete pavement in Industrial area the other day.

The young man who police want us to believe is a suspect is yet to be charged with any offence, so is the officer who at times seem ungovernable.

This came weeks on our TVs after Hollywood-like motion pictures of a group of regular police officers escorted a de?ant Miguna Miguna out of the JKIA in a show of bravado and roundly clobbered journalists who were on the fringes covering the event.

The six-foot four inches tall well-built lawyer literally walked in the air in the heat of the harassment.

Miguna who never lets a ?ght go would latter call the police “thugs”.

But as fate would have it, a time always comes for the high as kite, bullish and boisterous police to lie low as envelopes. This is when they meet the KDF boys, Crazy Monday learnt.

Tales of police officers facing off with soldiers, especially in garrison towns, are not new.

A look at the military towns of Kenya- Nanyuki, Eldoret, Gilgil and parts of Nairobi gives a lowly account of the regular police before the feet of the KDF.

“Hao watu wakikusumbua ama wasumbue wateja wako unaita tu soldier mmoja kutoka hapa Barracks anawatuliza (If the regular police disturb you or your clients just call a soldier from Embakasi barracks to restrain them),” Anne Wangui a bar tender in Embakasi Nairobi, tells the Crazy Monday.

She says that on many occasion police were used to moving around bars in Embakasi arresting patron on non-existent offences like “drinking after hours” and making them (bar operatives) think of a counter strategy.

They sought the help of KDF officers around the area to help them and things work out well. “I have witnessed police vehicles release patrons back to bars to continue drinking after arresting them at the sight of a KDF officer. It helps when the bulk of your clients are soldiers,” adds Ms Wangui.

Wangui’s mode of operation can, however, be counterproductive to the bar operatives because the bruised officers usually return to avenge their frustrations on patrons.

Such a case happened in 2016 at the Governors Bar in Embakasi where a patron called soldiers to take on regular police who were harassing them.

The soldiers encircled the bar and beat some plain clothes police officers to pulp then ordered patrons to continue drinking in peace. After the soldiers downed one or two on the relieved patrons’ bills they retired to the barracks to ?ght another day.

The patrons stayed on mimicking how the regular police begged the military men to spare their lives.

They laughed harder on how the police ?ed. Unknown to them (patrons) the police regrouped and came in droves to teach the shrewd patrons a lesson.

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