In the video which has caused social media outrage, the 21-year-old woman identified as Mercy Cherono can be heard begging for her life as the yet-to-be identified police officer dragged her along the dirt path with a moving motorcycle.
It was learnt that the 21-year-old woman was accused of being part of a three-man gang that broke into the house of David Kiprotich, a Deputy OCS at Olenguruone police station while he was away.
According to report, other alleged gang members left the scene of the robbery with Ksh. 10,000, police uniform, a TV set and a sub-woofer while the 21-year-old Cherono was unable to escape.
Security officers dragged her out of the bathroom she locked herself in and was reportedly beaten up before tying her to the motorcycle.
In the video, a man who was cheering the OCS was also seen whipping the woman on the back while she screamed.
She is now being treated at Olenguruone Hospital in Kuresoi South after sustaining injuries to the head, chest and feet.
Reacting to the incident, Rift Valley Regional Police Commander Marcus Ochola stated that it was inhuman and unacceptable.
He said he has ordered an investigation on the conduct of the Olenguruone OCS after the video went viral.
Narrating her ordeal, the 21-year-old woman who is also a mother of one said she doesn’t know how she survived the brutal incident which occurred on Saturday June 6.
She told Standard;
“don’t know how I survived this. The policeman suspected I was among people who broke into his house and stole the items that Sunday morning. He said I had to be punished as he dragged me around.
“I could not resist. I accompanied him and we joined another group of people that was standing on the roadside.”
Cherono added that for the next 200 meters, the officer who was riding the motorbike dragged her along before the crowd intervened.
“I pleaded for mercy but the officer couldn’t hear none of that. All this time I was not aware of the crime I was being punished for.”
Area OCPD Henry Nyaranga however claimed that he was informed that Cherono was attacked by a mob and not the police officer. He said investigations into the incident had been launched to establish the actual circumstances that led to her sustaining the injuries.
“Records at the station show that the lady was a victim of mob justice contrary to claims that she was attacked by an officer. The report says she was found stealing from a house belonging to one of my officers.”