32 suspects arrested over assault of female motorist along Forest Road

All the perpetrators of this act should be apprehended & punished for their heinous act - CS Matiang'i.

Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso at the podium during a past press briefing

The National Police Service (NPS) Spokesperson, Bruno Shioso has said that at least 32 suspects have been arrested in relation to the assault of a young female motorist along Professor Wangari Maathai road formerly known as Forest Road.

“When we began this show, I mentioned that they were 16 who had been arrested but by now the numbers stand at least 32 with around 12 motorcycles inbounded. We have very good leads because the moment you arrest one or two they lead you to others,” Shioso said while appearing on Citizen TV.

Shioso further stated Police officers have been engaging in law enforcement operations with the aim of bringing sanity on Kenyan roads.

“We’ve been doing so many law enforcement operations to try and restore sanity on the roads. We have tried to engage motorcyclists through their local leadership to see how we can work together

"Most motorcyclists are on the road and do not follow the rule of law. In the event of an accident, I would advise motorists to analyze the situation and do what is best for your personal safety first,” the Police Spokesperson said.

At the same time, Chief Justice Martha Koome has issued a statement condemning the assault of the young female motorist by a section of Boda Boda riders.

In a statement to newsrooms, CJ Koome said that the perpetrators involved in the incident should be apprehended and prosecuted with immediate effect.

“I join other Kenyans in condemning the heinous and cruel acts of violence meted out against a young female motorist earlier today. I register my unequivocal voice in declaring the act cruel, inhumane and obsoleting of any sense of humanity.

“I hope the perpetrators will be apprehended and processes through the criminal justice system in a systemic manner observing careful considerations of criminal investigation, persecution and efficient judicial management of any preferred case in accordance with the tenets of the constitution the rule of law,” reads part of Justice Martha Koome’s statement.

CJ Koome further noted that the cruel and inhumane act that the female motorist was subjected to deserves the highest legal attention.

“As a woman and a Kenyan Citizen, I decry this act as barbaric and requiring the highest legal attention. Kenya women, girls and indeed citizens must feel protected and safe in their own country. This is a priority that we continue to pursue. Each Agency committed on its part of stem out Sexual and Gender Based Violence,” she added.

Public Uproar over the Forest Road Incident

On Monday, March 7, 2022, Kenyans from all walks of life were up in arms, demanding for the regulation of the boda boda sector, following the virality of a video showing a woman being attacked and harassed by an enormous number of men.

In the video, the lady who was screaming and desperately seeking help is seen sitting in her car when a group of men surrounded her, then forcibly opened the door, with some going to the extent of stripping, beating and groping her.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has also ordered speedy investigations into the incident.

“I am shocked and disgusted by a viral video clip of a female motorist being molested by suspected boda boda riders along Wangari Maathai /Forest Road. We must protect our roads from such vile and reprehensible acts of aggression.

“I have asked our security agents to ensure that all the perpetrators of this dastardly act are swiftly apprehended and suitably punished for their heinous act,” the CS said.

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