The video showed the officers raining blows on the passenger who was seated as they shouted expletives towards the man who was protecting himself from the barrage of slaps inflicted upon him.
The National Youth Service (NYS) has taken disciplinary action against two of its officers featured in a viral video beating up a civilian passenger inside one of its vehicles.
In a statement issued on Saturday, August 7, the institution said it had involved the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) who had cracked the whip against the two officers filmed engaging in the brazen act disregarding the passenger’s wellbeing.
The video seen by Viral Tea showed the officers raining blows on the passenger who was seated as they shouted expletives towards the man who was protecting himself from the barrage of slaps inflicted upon him.
President Uhuru Kenyatta inspecting National Youth Service (NYS) officers during a Pass Out Parade on April 24, 2021 /PSYG.GO.KE
“Our attention is drawn to a clip doing rounds in social media, of NYS personnel involved in altercation with unidentified man. This action don’t portray what we believe in as a service.
“Our Internal Affairs Unit has already taken disciplinary action against the personnel involved,” the NYS tweeted in its official page.
The man the NYS described as an ‘unidentified’ man was believed to be a civilian who was understood to be travelling in the service’s commute vehicles. The officers who beat him up had accused him of assaulting a female NYS officer.
He was powerless to the officers assaulting him, not even a retaliation was on his cards.
The video showed one officer warning the civilian passenger who was the subject of the beating to brace for more blows and the officer could be seen scrounging for a more effective tool to make the assault hurt even more for him, in this case, a whip.
Kenya’s security forces have had a notorious reputation of attacking regular citizens fearlessly, and despite themselves filmed engaging in the act on camera.
Police have also been assaulting civilians past curfew hours, with several videos doing rounds on social media showing the officers assaulting them instead of arresting them.
Most recently, they are on the spot following the death of two Embu brothers who were arrested for allegedly being out past curfew hours. It is a case that ignited protests at Kianjokoma shopping centre as well as roped in the Independent Police Oversight Authority investigating the case.
The protests also saw one person shot dead. Acting Embu county commander Kimani Wamitungo told the media after the incident that there was a confrontation between anti-riot police and demonstrators.
The Commander had described the shooting as an unfortunate act. The man died on the spot after he was shot in the head.
Civilians have been falling mercy to the police officers, while police on the other hand have been enjoying the protection of the law.
According to section 103 (a) of the 2011 National Police Service Act No. 11 (A), offenses related to the assault of police can attract a fine of up to Ksh1 million, imprisonment for a term of up to ten years, or both.
An NYS commute bus in Nairobi, Kenya. /BUSINESS DAILY