Chiefs who mediate rape cases to be axed

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has warned chiefs not to mediate in defilement and rape cases in villages.

He said any chief caught trying to negotiate such cases would be sacked. He spoke yesterday when he met Makueni security officials.

“There is no case with a rapist. Such a person is a criminal and he belongs in jail. Any chief caught mediating in such cases will be sacked immediately,” Matiang’i said.

He said several chiefs have already been charged because of mediating such cases.

Defilement and rape have been on the rise in Makueni.

The CS said the government would increase the number of administrative units in the county to bring services closer to the people.

“We have put in place proper measures to guarantee security,” Matiang’i told a public baraza at Unoa grounds.

Interior Chief Administrative Secretary Joseph ole Ntutu accompanied the CS. He urged the public to help in the fight against illicit brews and gambling. .

Ntutu said gambling was fueling bad behaviour among the youth. He said many of them have become lazy and theft has increased.

“Gambling machines are making kids to start stealing coins from their parents. They are learning bad behaviour at an early age. We don’t want to bring up a society of thieves,” Ntutu said.

Other leaders who attended the baraza were Mbooni MP Erastus Kivasu, chairperson National Drought Management Board Agnes Ndetei and former Makueni MP Peter Maundu.

More than 430 gambling machines were set on fire after the baraza.

There is a crackdown on illegal gambling machines across the country that has left investors counting losses. Hundreds of machines have been either confiscated or burnt in the swoop. Matiang’i said they will not relent.

-The Star

Police Holding A Suspect Who Allegedly Raped And Dumped A UoN Student Near Mang’u High School

Police are holding a suspected rapist who drugged and raped a university student before abandoning her in a thicket near Mang’u High School off Thika Road yesterday.

The first year law student at the University of Nairobi was drugged and driven from the National Archives area in the city centre before she was found unconscious in a thicket in Waitethie area near Mang’u.

She was taken to Nairobi Women’s hospital and treated and discharged after the drama. Police say they are looking for two other suspects who were involved in the ordeal and that they are investigating the drug used to make her unconscious.

The suspect is under interrogation.

-Cyrus Ombati

Suspected Rapist Lynched After Attempting To Defile A House-help

A suspected rapist has been lynched in Maryland estate in Naivasha minutes after attempting to sexually abuse a house-help.

The middle aged suspect who was semi-naked was cornered a few meters from the scene of the crime and beaten to death by the irate mob.

The incident along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway came barely a fortnight after a gang held hostage a family in the area and sexually abused their form one going daughter.

According to a witness Elizabeth Karani, the suspect who had a knife gained entry into the house after scaling the perimeter wall.

She said that suspect who is not known in the area used the knife to threaten the house-help who was alone by the time.

“The lady however managed to flee from the suspect who was already half naked and her screams alerted members of the public who caught up with him,” she said.

Naivasha sub-county commissioner Isaac Masinde confirmed the incident adding that police had started their investigations and increased patrols in the estate.

Meanwhile, residents of Kijabe along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway woke up to a rude shock to find the body of a middle aged man dumped in the area.

The semi-naked body which did have any identification documents was found dumped in the notorious Kinale forest in what was believed to be another case of extra-judicial killing.

Just like in previous cases the man had been strangled using a wire before the body was dropped in the forest where in the past tens of body had been recovered.

-Anthony Gitonga

 

Police Holding A Pastor Accused Of Defiling A Girl In His Church

The police are investigating an operator of a children’s home who has been accused of sexually exploiting an 18 year-old woman.

The middle aged man who is also a pastor is accused of taking advantage of the girl who comes from a poor home and was seeking school fees to join a boarding school from a day secondary school.

It is said the pastor visited the girl’s home in December and asked her mother to allow her to visit the children home saying he would help her access bursary.

Explaining her ordeal, the girl narrated how the pastor forced her to have sexual intercourse inside his church and at the children’s home numerous times.

The girl noted that she had lived in the home when she was 6 years old but left after the pastor starting making sexual advances four years later.

“He took advantage of my poverty to abuse me and did not help me,” she said.

Her mother said the girl went to the children’s home on December 23 and stayed there for several days after the pastor pledged to help her join a boarding secondary school.

After she came back, the mother said, she explained what had transpired, saying it is unfortunate that the pastor had taken advantage of their poor state to exploit her daughter.

” I have really struggled to raise my five children since the death of my husband as a casual labourer. I keep asking myself why the pastor chose to do that to my fourth born daughter,” she added.

Kangema Sub County Children Officer and area Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) confirmed having recieved the complaints as well as the area chief.

The Children Officer Charles Maina said investigations have been launched into the matter saying it is sensitive considering the pastor has other children under his care.

He offered to provide protection to the victim saying if the allegations are confirmed to be true, the children’s home will be closed down and alternative shelter sought for the children.

ALICE WAITHERA