Kenya makes 16 arrests after taxi drivers attack woman

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Kenyan police said on Monday they had arrested 16 suspects after a female driver was attacked by a group of motorcyclists, in an incident that sparked widespread outrage. A video circulating on social networks showed the young woman, partially naked, screaming at the group from inside the car, whose door had been forced open. In a statement on Twitter, police said the woman was chased by a “gang” of motorcycle taxi drivers on Friday, apparently after an accident. “Sixteen suspects were arrested and five motorcycles seized,” they said. “We wish to condemn in the strongest terms all forms of violence, including sexual and gender-based violence,” they said. A police officer intervened to stop the assault, The Standard newspaper reported. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said on Twitter: “I am shocked and disgusted by a viral video clip of a motorist being sexually assaulted by suspected boda-boda drivers along Wangari Maathai/Forest Road. “We must protect our roads from these despicable and reprehensible acts of aggression,” he said. Motorcycle taxi drivers in Kenya, commonly known as boda-boda, are usually young men. Bikers are notorious for violating traffic laws and assaulting drivers after a collision. In 2019, the drivers were classified as a “threat to national security” by a Home Office research unit, according to local media.

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