Magazine / Gender Matters
Monday, 04 Jul 2016 18:33 EATlbramwel@kenyafreepress.com
An unidentified young woman was on Sunday evening attacked by a gang of marauding youths at the intersection of Moi and Kenyatta avenues, Nairobi, who beat her senseless and robbed her of all material belongings.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing the group of about fifteen youths, some of whom they said are notorious robbers and pickpockets who operate on the stretch of Moi Avenue between the Tom Mboya statue and Mt Kenya University, accost the woman and knock her to the ground.
One man who witnessed the scene from close said the lady, who wore green jeans trousers, was walking along Moi Avenue next to Barclays Bank when she was attacked. Right behind her were two men who went as if to overtake her. "The two, who were now walking on either side of the lady, stopped suddenly. One used his left foot to push the lady's right leg forwards. She was going to fall on her back, and the second man on the other side hit her on the chest to make her fall more rapid," recounted the eyewitness, who did not wish to be named.
Another witness recounted that, as the lady went down crying, the two attackers descended on her with beatings, and all of a sudden they were joined by many more men who beat the lady and emptied her pockets. One picked up her bag and immediately ran away with it.
The lady's screams attracted the attention of passersby and security guards who rushed to the scene and apprehended one of the thugs. The surging crowds vented their anger on the guy, who was pelted with stones, kicked and dragged on the tarmac. The thug sustained serious injuries but survived as the crowd preoccupied itself with getting medical help for the victim, who suffered apparent convulsions and chest pains.
It took about half an hour before wellwishers organised for a taxi to get the lady to hospital. No police officer arrived on the scene despite the surging crowds that blocked Moi Avenue, outside Ibrahims Supermarket, for a couple of minutes.
Armed robberies have become rampant in Nairobi in recent months. In most instances, muggers waylay their victims on lonely streets. But the emergence of the gang that operates with impunity on Moi Avenue has many Nairobians worried about the state of security in the capital.
The writer is a student at University of Kabianga currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press.