According to a police report seen by kenyagist.com, the officer – identified as Police Corporal Faith Harriet – was among law enforcement officers on patrol when they busted the bar operating outside the curfew hours.
When the officers ordered the revellers to leave, the business owner turned hostile and reportedly incited the seemingly drunk party goers to attack the officers.
“They found one modern bar being operated after the stipulated hours with approximately 50 revellers inside,” reads the police report in part.
“On seeing the police, the owner, namely Louise Ndumia, became hostile and incited the revellers against the police. She went ahead and took a piece of wood and hit PC Faith Harriet on the head.”
The police alleged that Ms Ndumia’s incident created a commotion in the premises turning the revellers against the officers. Two other individuals are reported to have hurled empty beer bottles at the officers injuring the policewoman on the head.
Her phone was also stolen in the melee before the culprits and the owner of the club fleed the premises.
The officer was rushed to Narok County Referral Hospital where she was treated.
The attack on the officers comes in the backdrop of rising cases of assault against law enforcers by members of the public.
In 2020, National Police Service (NPS) Spokesperson, Charles Owino, decried the double standards by human rights groups in the event police officers are attacked or even killed by civilians.
Owino was speaking in defence of his boss, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, and other police officers who had been castigated over alleged extra-judicial killings during curfew enforcement.
“We have lately had cases where police officers have been killed by civilians using machetes. The latest case being the killing of a 29-year-old police officer by civilians in Lamu. The officer was attacked without provoking or even attempting to arrest anyone,” noted Owino.
“To our surprise, no civil society has condemned this unfortunate incident as if it is a normal incident for a police officer to be killed. Such actions widen conflict between police and criminals and promote panic among police while using their firearms in the course of duty.”
The statement by the NPS came after IG Mutyambai was called out for his silence over killings attributed to police brutality.