Reports reaching us have it that Kenyan novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, author of Dust, was attacked and arrested in Nairobi by the Nairobi County Inspectorate, infamously known as the “kanjo.”
Ms. Owuor was standing outside Lavington Mall in Nairobi when the “kanjo” descended on local traders nearby. She didn’t run in the ensuing commotion as she didn’t know what was happening. When she began to ask what was happening, a man in plain clothes pushed her and became aggressive, and was joined by more men in plain clothes. Thinking she was being robbed by a gang, she fought back but was dragged off to their van at which point she realised it was the “kanjo.” Ms. Owuor was taken to City Hall and charged with “trading, dumping, assault, obstructing justice.” She has since been released on bail but will appear in the Magistrate’s Court at City Hall on Monday, 6 August, at 8 a.m.
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