Kiambu Assistant County commissioner, Lincolin Kagunyi, who was filmed drunk while on duty is set to be rehabilitated.
This is after Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga came to his defense stating that he was a recovering alcoholic who needed help and not harassment.
In videos circulated online in the better part of the morning, the commissioner was captured harrassed and by irate members of the public after he was found drunk and in uniform in Limuru town.
The crowd that had quickly surrounded him accused him of going against the government directives on social distancing amid COVID-19 pandemic and questioned where he was drinking since it was very early in the morning and bars were closed.
The rise of vigilantism and normalisation of absurdity…. pic.twitter.com/asuAlnG4Ey
— Prof. Simon N. Gicharu (@SimonNGicharu) May 15, 2020
The residents who were captured in the video indicated that it was not the first time the commissioner had been found drunk while on duty.
Further, Limuru Deputy County Commissioner Charles Makele accounted that the sleuths from the office of the DCIO were hunting for the people captured harassing the commissioner.
“This is a sick man, he has his own rights … residents ought to have reported the matter to the relevant authorities”, he said.
The video ignited mixed reactions from the public, with some coming for his rescue while others alluding that he needed to be [unished and taken off duty.
Here are some reactions:
@kot @mohammedhersi Where is the assault? The citizens are rightly questioning why chief is drunk? 'Seems' to be day time – work hrs? There are norms that civil servants must abide by and we must hold them to account. So pls don't incite police against the young men here…
— Prof1 (@Prof1one) May 15, 2020
He is drink during working hours …I don't see the wrongs wanainchi are doing pointing this out….he can't serve effectively
— Naomi (@muwajoy) May 15, 2020
Yes, that is wrong. If he has done anything wrong due process should be followed. This shows a country where law and order is compromised. With vigilantism no one is safe.
— Tom Wema (@otwema) May 15, 2020
I disagree. Leaders should be held accountable. The constitution of Kenya chapter six is about leadership and integrity. The chief is a symbol of the government's administration. Needs to be exemplary
— Larry S. Achiya 🇰🇪 (@AchiyaLarry) May 15, 2020