Friday, May 20, 2011
Quick Hits: Youths Storm Municipal Council Offices & Nurses Assaulted in Sakuri
This morning, my inbox was stuffed with e-mails from readers informing me about what some of them termed 'a revolutionary fervor' bubbling in our city.
Yesterday, about 8-10 youths from the Northern forum for Democracy(?) were arrested and arraigned in court after they stormed the Garissa Municipal Council offices. All of the accused youths were released on free bail and will have allegation against them heard by a judge at a later date.
Does this represent a break with our passive past? No one can conclusively say so but we hope this heralds a change in the fear pyramid where citizens move to the top of the hierarchy.
In an eerily similar circumstance, a bunch of youth were arrested in Sankuri and are now facing charges of aggravated assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement after they severely beat up two nurses at a dispensary in the village and locked up a third in a room.
The nurses have been brought to Garissa General Hospital for treatment. Its not clear what led to this act of random violence. Sources I've spoken to claim that some one who was claiming to be sick played a major a role.
In any case this was highly unnecessary and avoidable. Attacking healthcare workers for no reason is not part our culture.
We wish both ladies a quick recovery.