Some Kenyans have taken to Twitter to express their anger following a report in the Standard newspaper that soldiers harassed residents of the coastal city of Mombasa during Sunday's celebration of Heroes Day.
There was an intensified security operation in Mombasa as the country marked the holiday at an event attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other senior government officials.
The Standard reports that some residents were forced to swim in sewer water, while others were forced to sit in muddy puddles.
Some residents stayed indoors for fear of being "manhandled" by the army, the paper reports.
This is sickening!— Babu 🇰🇪 (@Burugu_D) October 21, 2019
Our constitution guarantees the right to human dignity. It's shameful for a country, on a day meant to celebrate national heroes, to treat its own people with such acts of livid indignity. https://t.co/A7GLnyEtP7
https://t.co/BwEa4n6YHq is this what you having for poor Kenyans? In this country I suppose it's one man for himself and God for us all. Imagine our own soldiers being unkind ,uncooth and barbaric to our citizens. @thekhrc @FredMatiangi @HRC @NationBreaking @NPSC_KE— John mwangi (@moroccomwangi) October 21, 2019
The army has not yet commented on the allegations.
A 23-year-old man identified as Chikore told the paper he was on his way to the venue marking the holiday when he was stopped by soldiers who said he looked suspicious.
“They wrestled me to the ground and later forced me to swim inside a filthy sewage. I tried to run but they hit me with the butt of a gun,” he said.
Tweeters called the treatment of "shameful" and "despicable":