The heartbreaking story of George Floyd has made headlines across the world, several social users are raising awareness regarding black lives and riots are taking place across the USA.
However even as the stories of Goerge Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are echoed across the media, Kenyans feel like many of their own are not speaking loudly enough about the situation back home. Ever since the curfew was implemented across Kenya, there have been several cases of police brutality directed at anyone found outside past time.
Nairobi News has established that for several days now, the police have been beating up locals as early as 6:50 pm to force them to stay indoors.
The most recent incident that has raised concern is that of Samuel Maina alias Maich, a barber who was brutalized by police officers who also allegedly stole from him.
Mr Maina said that the police started chasing locals as early as 6:45 pm as they brutally caned them. He was on his way home.
“This forced me to hide in a place until the situation calmed down and I went on walking to my house,” he said. Mr Maina says that were it not for the early ambush by the police, he could have arrived in his house in time.
Several Kenyans on Twitter have voiced police brutality against their own urging media outlets and more people to raise awareness and take action.
A man does not have to die so that we sing his name and demand justice for him. Justice for SAMUEL MAINA NOW. #JusticeForSamuelMaina
— Ummy 🇰🇪 (@indieummy) May 29, 2020
We have normalize police brutality in this country because we think it can't happen to us. Today is Samuel Maina and tomorrow it might be you. Stand up and stop police brutality.#JusticeForSamuelMaina pic.twitter.com/4s6YGDQef6
— JOHNNY GACHANJA (@JohnnyGachanja) May 31, 2020
I haven’t seen at least 5 Kenyan influencers creating awareness about what happened so Samuel Maina and all other current issues. Ama that’s not how influencing works in Kenya??
— Kendi 🌸 (@kendi_gitobu) May 29, 2020
Another day, Samuel Maina is yet to get justice pic.twitter.com/XiKymtDy1W
— jack (@Jackwerew) June 1, 2020
Shame on the Media Stations. You should be the Voice of the Voiceless. Have you been paid to display politics 24/7? Samuel Maina needed your voice. You are the people that can reach this atrocity to the respective people. Shame on you!!!!!! #JusticeForSamuelMaina pic.twitter.com/Jfard3rTbk
— @Detective Karis (@DetectiveGeorge) June 1, 2020
Justice for Samuel Maina, sign the petition! https://t.co/EF3a81dK6J
— 🌺Aunty Nimu (@AuntyNimu) June 1, 2020
Sanitized Kenyans will talk of George Floyd from morning to evening n help Americans protest via twitter but forget Samuel Maina who is a doorstep away suffering from similar police brutality pic.twitter.com/ua1mFaWWCT
— WADAU (@WadauK) June 1, 2020