Kisumu County Acting Head of Inspectorate, Willy Lugusa, has tendered his resignation following the assault by county askaris on a hawker to widespread public acclaim.
In his resignation letter to Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, dated March 26th, Lugusa took full responsibility for the heinous act.
Several county askaris had held on to Beatrice Magolo and dragged her behind the pick-up truck they were driving, pulling her along the tarmac.
Incident leads to public outcry
The incident, which happened on March 24th, caused an uproar among Kenyans, resulting in 12 county askaris getting arrested. Last week on Friday, the Kisumu Law Courts charged nine of them with assault and causing grievous bodily harm.
Magolo has also lodged a lawsuit against the Kisumu County government over the incident. The assault left her nursing soft-tissue injuries.
‘Diabolical and against natural justice’
In his resignation letter, Lugusa took responsibility, saying the junior officers acted under his watch. He termed the acts as ‘diabolical’ and ‘against natural justice.’
“The act committed was unconscionable, diabolical, and against all the rules of natural justice,” read part of Will Lugusa’s resignation letter. “I hereby take full responsibility for the acts.”
Willy Lugusa also extended his regrets to the people of Kisumu County and the nation. He stated that that was not the Kisumu County Government’s position.
Netizens praise Lugusa for move
Willy Lugusa’s resignation earned him plaudits from netizens, many who saw his actions as ‘noble.’ They said that his actions were what other leaders across the country ought to follow in taking responsibility.
— David Makali (@davidmakali1) March 29, 2021
Willy Lugusa was once OCS Central Police Station. It hadn't hit me that he was in the County. Laudable move though. pic.twitter.com/Y6mUefRQN1
— Mediatician (@oleshitemi) March 29, 2021
Willy Lugusa had previously served as the OCS for Central police station in Nairobi. Here, he also earned plaudits as a man of principle. He was, according to some, a man who was empathetic to hawkers in the city during his tenure.
He also served as the County Commander of the Rift Valley, with his base in Naivasha County.
Activist, Boniface Mwangi, however, did not join into the plaudits. He accused Lugusa of inaction during the 2007/08 PEV.
46 people were killed in Naivasha. Police chief Willy Lugusa told the TJRC commission that those killed were shot, slashed to death or burnt in their homes. https://t.co/tDTJDxsPB9
Willy was the area OCPD during post election violence and he didn't do much. I covered Naivasha.
— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) March 29, 2021