Suzanna Owiyo criticised for defending alleged police brutality during curfew

Veteran Kenyan songstress Suzanna Owiyo on Friday attracted the wrath of Kenyans online following a tweet in which she seemingly defended police actions during the government-sanctioned curfew over the coronavirus crisis.

Ms. Owiyo’s tweet came on the backdrop of videos shared online and in media circles of police brutalizing Kenyans found outside their homes during the stipulated curfew period.

According to a majority of Kenyans on Twitter (KOT), these actions were a violation of human rights; however, in Ms. Owiyo’s perceived opinion, the actions were provoked by civilians.

The multiple award-winning star, in the now deleted tweet, implied that Kenyans are tough-headed hence may have forced the hand of the men and women in blue.

“We are not at war yes but at times policemen/women are forced to go hard on Wanjiku simply becoz tuko vichwa ngumu. Plan yourself not to be caught up on the wrong side of the law. Your safety is important as well as your health. Can we all have an understanding her,” she wrote.

The tweet has since elicited angry reactions, with most of them castigating the singer for allowing her alleged ‘privilege’ to cloud her judgement:

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