13 year old street boy abused in Nakuru
24 February 2012, 14:21
A lobby group in Nakuru town has strongly
condemned the act by police of rounding up street children and families and dumping them
in Naivasha all in the name of cleaning up the town.
At the same time the lobby group has raised a red flag over the slow pace at
which police in Nakuru are conducting investigations involving cases of sodomy
among the street children in the area.
Executive Director of Nakuru County Human Rights Network (Nahurinet), Mr David
Kuria in a letter addressed to the Rift Valley Provincial Children's
Officer and copied to the area police boss Mr Johnston Ipara , the lobby
accused the police of laxity in a recent case where
a 13 year old street boy was sodomized.
"The suspect who allegedly sodomized the street boy was duly identified by
the boy but surprisingly since he committed the offence, police have not
recorded a statement from him," said Mr Kuria.
He claimed that the boy who is an orphan was sodomized on January 25 at Bondeni
estate after he was lured into a house by the suspect.
The victim was taken to the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital where he
was treated and later Bondeni Juvenile Remand Home.
The lobby group claimed that the suspect has been sexually abusing street
children but no action has ever been taken against him.
"The suspect has on several occasion escaped lynching from angry mob for
committing a similar offence and we are surprised police have never
arrested him yet they know where he conducts his business in town," said
Since the post election violence of 2007/08, the number of street families in
Nakuru town has increased tremendously.
On February 8, at least 33 street boys and one girl were rounded up after a
police swoop in Nakuru town and taken to Nakuru Central Police Station where
they were not booked.
They were put in a Municipal Council lorry and dumped in a forest in Naivasha
town at night. Some of them have since come back to town where they narrated
their harrowing experience at the hands of police. Area police boss, Mr Ipara
could not be reached for comments as he did not respond to our calls.
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