Nairobi: arrested 48 hours for not paying a bribe

For: Maria Ferreira (text and photos)

"Life is an endless struggle."
Fanon

-Wewe kisu, mimi nyama (you are the meat knife and I)- said frustrated as I kept stopping.

It was the first time I was in such a situation, but now would be the thing painted: a cop stopped me in the middle Chaka Road, up to the famous shopping center "Yaya Center". I was going to Coptic Hospital, where he entered one of the children at the orphanage while enjoying good music, the bustle typical of the area and the cold air of the dry season, the "kipupwe". In short: enjoying the calm that Kenya just always rushing and crashing into some uncomfortable setback.

And, again, The setback was wearing a police uniform worn, ugly and loose. He informed me that he had offended the law, but failed to name infringement, so he changed his speech and upheld in the "I'm protecting, pay me for my service ". In the last year I spent more than 700 euros in such things, which of course denounce "anti-corruption" and that, course, never solved. This time, shift the bastard asked me 15.000 ksh (150 EUR).

Once more, The setback was wearing a police uniform worn, ugly and loose. This time, the bastard asked me 15.000 ksh (150 EUR)

She was tired, was in a hurry, and first acted in anger. Rabies is a symptom, always, that have hurt our sense of justice, says Hannah Arendt, but is extremely stupid of me to continue to maintain some kind of "sense of justice" in a country like Kenya, in which the police state governed by laws based on violence and terror. I refused to pay and accused him of corruption. That was my crime.

-Hakuna hata Dalili! (There is no evidence!)- protested.

-Ama sivyo? (Are not you going to admit?)- angry answered.

-Nakwenda (me voy)- I turned on the car.

-Sikuachi! (I will not let you go!)- cried. Great. I stopped the car.

-Nifanyeni? (What do I have to do?)- asked resignedly.

She climbed into the car, decided it was too early to listen to Nirvana, and led me to the police station.

Kilimani police station is a dirty and dusty. The police, fat and ugly for the most, I would look on the face of mockery

The Kilimani police station 're a dirty place and lleno dust. The police, fat and ugly for the most, I would look on the face of mockery. I Dejean fall on a sofa gnawed. Of them the agents referred to in terms mí muy poco elegant, but dejaron of hacerlo in quantum him detenido I had read reports that yo understand swahili. I looked. Puse face of boredom. He emphasized the importance of the face of boredom cuando una you face the situation like this; No to Darla him pleasure that you vean scared the poor. It s frustrating boredom. No nothing more annoying than receiving it from boredom one person you're looking for the master.

Cuando decided to live in Kenya, knew it I atenía, knew I would live outside the comfort zone, assumed to live in a constant state of imminent. But when you get used to forget, and just remember every time you require to maintain any sense of justice in reserve.

Just when I called the judge, the policeman who had arrested me came up to me. I again proposed an arrangement in black

From the station I was taken to the Court: a great place on the outside and cold inside. I drove through the halls and left me waiting for several hours until the judge called me. Just at that moment, the policeman who had arrested me came up to me. I again proposed an arrangement in black. I was stupid and thought that the trial would listen and could denounce such unpresentable. Not so. I was sentenced to two months imprisonment or to pay 200 EUR. They took me to a room full of detainees, Most drivers matatu (the dangerous and fascinating public transport in Kenya) with tattoos Talegueros. That made interesting friends. Most with a criminal past surtidito the Sea.

I was sentenced to two months imprisonment or to pay 200 euros and took me to a room full of detainees, Most drivers matatu

-Look girl- I explained one of them called Njoroge- next time flees. Run away and call me. Kama umedhikika na neno uniambie. If you have any difficulty call me.

Another one, called Mwangi, I explained that police in Kenya means trouble. I laughed.

-As your matatus- I said- "Matatu matata"- which means in Swahili "matatu problem".

We hit the five before the nasty looking one of the cops.

-Nena- continued- if for example once a robber enters your house, do not call the police, reviéntale the head with something.

I was going to explain how exactly should protect; had looked to be a kind of practical class type "do it yourself", when the police approached us, We separated and ostracized me in a corner. Snorted.

-I want to go to the bathroom- I said.

-Expect to pay your bail- answered.

-I have five hours waiting. I'm going to die.

He looked at me with chronic fatigue ruining their hypocrisy and moody escorted me to the bathroom. When I returned I found that a surgeon's "Coptic Hospital" had paid my bail. 48 hours after being arrested. I took leave of my friends. -Tutaonana (we will see)- I was told. Y yo sonreí.

A surgeon him "Coptic Hospital" had paid my bail. 48 hours after being arrested. I took leave of my friends from arrest

So are Kenya cuando la live more of the life beyond it tourist. In you live in Kenya, is completely devoted, but that you learn a lot desvivir. Y es otra is in all and every cuando uno de los derechos to them that was beyond acostumbrada remained in Spain. Kenya Smells Like Teen Spirit.

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Comments (23)

  • MDV

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    Excellent article but risky, as we have used. Anyone reading you would say are experiences of a young woman just twenty-four years. Tremendous experiences very well told.

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  • Javier Brandoli

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    Hello Mary, a great story and unfortunately repeated throughout Africa. Last night we talked about how desperate is the police here, certainly the worst of this continent. In Malawi we releasing juices, pens and cigarettes to avoid fines. In Mozambique the army must escort a tank to ask for money. Northern, for six nights, thereby driving down believe a malaria, vomiting and fever, night and a soldier stopped my car and asked him who brought him Cabo Delgado??? The list in more than three years is infinite, exasperating and exhausting. Curiously, despite fame, is in South Africa where I had less trouble with the police. In Maputo there are nights to get home is get around a hunt for boobies with an AK 47 looking for prey which steal. They are not bribes, authority are robberies.
    Kisses and good luck

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  • Daniel Landa

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    Valiente y brillante. Una combinación difícil de encontrar. Congratulations, Mary. Also the photos tell a reality that must shout as you did. Thanks.

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  • xavi

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    Muy buen artículo María. I imagine you've had so many problems because you move in your own vehicle. A year ago I live in Nairobi and have not had any setbacks with police (and I hope it stays that way), I guess because I always travel in matatu and bus.

    Take heart and do not be intimidated (you sure you will not).

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  • Raul

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    In Gabon more of the same. Yesterday I went to get my wife to the airport, came home by taxi. Just when a policeman gets booted (a superior by age and uniform) in the car and tells the driver to circulate, after the confusion (at first thought it was a routine, taxi drivers often illegal immigrants, then I thought that the police wanted to travel around the face), finally we realize…was a full-blown heist, the police had looked inside the glove and had taken all the money and taxi radio. Just then out of the car and tells the driver “and now you bring them where you have been asked”, and long.
    Not the first time, to us and we were stopped by “skip a semaphore” (driving white = money), you get two options, pay a small sum of money (about 20 EUR) send everything to the police station, Go to Next day one to pay a fine and perhaps for him it pierdes tu camino documentation (driving license, role it car…), so tu see. Frustrating. But are you agree to cuando Vienes here.

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  • Luis Marrero

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    Cuando los Europeos,es decir los blancos, were in charge of everything in Africa for over 40 years ago, (Colonialism) everything worked fine and the local population had clothes, food and work. Then, suddenly appears the UN and Martin Luther King saying that Africans have the right to independence of Europeans, and everyone suddenly agreed to this. Today Africa is a total social and economic disaster of unimaginable magnitude in this century. But now whites are not to blame for everything that happens in Africa. So what Africans have to do is call whites again to assume the administration of all and live orderly or live by begging the rest of the world as they are doing today

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  • Thblond

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    Great story and great courage. Recently I suffered a bribe Poloni and the truth is very unpleasant, I can not imagine how you can aer in parts of Africa. Greetings

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  • emilio

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    not only in Africa, Dominican Republic is equal, only gives them more shame and you just take 3 the 4 €

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  • Luis Marrero

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    ?And what about the revolution of Martin Luther King in North America? Well not much as in Africa. Blacks remain do not want to work poque, and illiterate because they leave school early, and blaming whites for everything bad happens to them. Social inequalities remain as does 60 years ago but the difference now is that there is no black leader like MLK to blame whites for everything bad in society and the black ghettos in major cities of the country.
    That if. there are a few self-appointed black leaders continue to exploit these social inequalities to receive donations and luxury vivr all realize this in the name of a black revolution has been a complete failure.

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  • R

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    Great text. Face of boredom ... try to remember.
    Nakupenda!!

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  • Canadian

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    Very strong, Mary! What value, and continuous! We remember you mucho, a kiss! Tus cousins ​​and family in Canada

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  • Arthur

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    A t Luis, you that you're sexy pone remember them tiempos de Leopold II in the Congo it. Y say that in South Africa in the era of extreme placidity that it apartheid. (No tengo Tilden).

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  • Hablar con lengua de hombre blanco serpiente.

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    Years ago, for the same situation I had my say in the stated and understood that tennis Llamar to the Spanish Embassy ... Eso surtió effect in Monrovia and follow me dejaron, for mismo cierto place in which he, camino del justo bank in the downtown area where there were more beggars muchos depths, cuando if I opened a briefcase lleno dollars that were scattered quanta unos meters, Those poor Liberians to recogerlos ayudaron me and I lack in one ni. Luis Marrero, ocurre just be me thinking that the good swim fuera del agua y creerse fear than just the color of the skin. I think that I would be mucho por conocer de África y los africanos, but for the entire humanity has. Le deseo de todo corazón if existe reincarnation, reencarne be in your next life in one of ellos. As, enterándose vaya por ejemplo Wikipedia about the corruptions Spain and compare.

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  • Somebody

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    its a sad story…but…Narrating your touch in it made it tasty!…as always! keep it up ;)

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  • Mario

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    First of all congratulations Maria by post. It explains muy bueno y realidad not a mere tourist Conoce (ya that this account pays the bribe but Darse). In Reality is what motivated me to be the enlightened escribir comentario Mr.. Luis Marrero to which I will not dignify entering if what he says is true or is a dirty hoax, I'm just gonna say : SE TE VE IS capirote NAZARENE YNO, friend.

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  • Mayte Touch

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    I think you were brave dangerously Maria.Si your friend fails to pay trust me you would have ended up spending an awful experience. Africa is well and is accepted or long one. I in Madagascar left me a considerable amount of ariary ( local currency) to pay the police stopped me every few minutes. On one occasion by going on the phone. In accordance, had committed an offense by going driving my old car and talking at the same time, in a country where there is not a single traffic light!! It was night and there was absolutely no light at that muddy track. 3 wearing military types I got into the car to take me to the police station. I was not so brave and ended up emptying my wallet!! Thereafter always carried change in case!!

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  • Lydia

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    You are very brave, Mary. And remarkably, do not give up, after the experiences we've been counting.

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  • F. Sanchez

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    … as if the spirit habitaramos, so we should we slide through life.

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  • Paco

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    Hola a todos, is the first time I write in this journal, and I do it to have an unpleasant experience happened to me this summer in Lamu (Kenya). We did a tour that began in Uganda, continued in South Sudan (also had problems with the police) and ended in Lamu to rest on the beach a few days. We were 11 friends and rented a house of there, where some rooms are open air, low ceiling and a mosquito net covers the entire bed, and others have your door. I was in a open with its wall, lock your door at a height of a third floor, more or less. The owner of the house we repeated that it was a safe place, no problems, etc. Well, one night thieves jumped the wall, climbed to the third floor, over the wall of my room, where I was sleeping, and took my camera equipment in full, binoculars, I cleaned the portfolio, about 500 euros, 100 dollars and 2500 currency from there. In total some 3.50EURos. We called the police to 9 am and is filed past the 11 (Commissioner is to 15 minutes, going). Plainclothes police came took a notebook and began to write what had happened, the value of the stolen, etc. and when they went to “investigate”, telling us we spent the next day to sign the complaietc. I mean, it's theft spread throughout the area and came the head of the community to apologize for what had happened, and he, was sure who was.
    The next day, went to the Commissioner of tourists, was closed and the boy who was with us told us that we waited was going to find and brought. This was, half an hour the boy appeared again and told us that he had said and coming soon. Two hours later it still had not arrived. Finally appear, and of course the report and the complaint were not made. And it is put first problem, no paper to write, so they send the boy who had sought to make it to the market to buy some paper. After a while it comes with a spare sheet lined rings and gives. Then they decide that the two people who were involved were going to report separately (to see if they matched the statements or we were inventing). During the statement were wrong to write and of course “stud”. Once completed statements asked for a copy of the complaint and tell us if it is for the insurance, I say we have no such insurance, only accidents and other. We say that we want it then and if we want we have to come back later because they have to spend to clean the complaint. Then I saw very clear it would not recover anything had been stolen, was difficult, but you always have a little hope that faded to see how they acted. In the afternoon we came back for just in case, and of course the police station was closed. Both the head of the community, as some Europeans who had business there, as people from the shops and the boats with whom we spoke told us that the police no nothing. I was me where “trarpicheaban with the stolen, and I did, I went to the market in the area that I said, but of course sang much white in that area and I saw the mile, so that after a while I gave. By this I give you know the futility of the police, that not only does nothing but also suspicious of us as if we were inventing us, hallucinatory. Police in Africa is useless, good if to get you the money if you can or to abuse their authority. I am passionate about nature photography and animals, took 14 years traveling to Africa and I was without my team that it cost me to gradually get, and I had to have done nothing to help. Now start again. In Sudan also had problems with the police but that I will tell you if you are interested, but we're going to the same retention in exchange for money and relying on security. Give them a camouflage suit, a weapon and a gallon, and a campear.

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  • Javier Brandoli

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    Go Paco, I'm sorry you have to live. I have over three years living in this land and I understand your desperation. I live it every day. hya moments sick. You have to like much to bear sometimes Africa. In any case, encouragement and a hug from Maputo.

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  • Arts I

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    Tienen Otras Leyes, otros intereses, piensan Distinto. His reasoning is not yours, not even remotely understand. They had everything at hand, food, family, beliefs, but became white and floors constructed them, hospitals, ports, banks, malls… And now they need the money for all, work, credits, mortgages, medicines, taxation. And all this as they say the overnight. And the TV-reality that showcase- while mixing wealth and poverty, click of a mouse.
    If it's any consolation, I come here to pay Sevilla 250 IBI euros this semester, and fill the tank of the car goes by the ninety euros. Yes, average no beggar police, but it is for the same.
    I do not pretend to justify the police too have suffered in Guinea, Egypt, Morocco and Angola, just look from another point.

    Hugs

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  • Maria Ferreira

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    Thank you all for your contributions, write well is a luxury!

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