Respect Is A Scarce Commodity

A number witness camera videos popped up online of University of Nairobi students getting “disciplined” by overzealous policemen following a riot to protest the arrest of Member of Parliament for Embakasi East, Babu Owino. Babu was a former University student leader and he still enjoys comrade goodwill. The anti riot police descended on the Nairobi campus on the day of the planned demonstration ready for battle. The students caught in the fracas met the full of wrath of prejudiced police men who have a long standing grudge with public university students.

More accounts have since been relayed of innocent students harassed, beaten and humiliated by policemen in battle gear. Students received a beating they did not deserve and with it a rude introduction to the occupational hazards of student life in a public university.

The Anatomy Of A Kenyan Demonstrator

A politician, a civil society lawyer, a hustler, a curious mwananchi and an activist met at an anti-government protest and started talking about what got them to be part of it.

The lawyer said, “I have always been curious about the social dynamics of people power, in exercising rights to dissent against institutionalized polity and how they organize as non-institutionalized political actors”.

The veteran activist said, “I have been active since the late 70s. I demonstrated with Tito Adungosi and Jimmy Orengo before he was expelled from University of Nairobi. I walked with Matiba and Rubia. Raila several times and even shared a cell with him briefly in Kamiti. We ate tear gas with Uhuru during his KANU days and I was there for Kibaki during the NARC era. Bwana, we are the original TeamCourage”.