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13 year old street boy abused in Nakuru

24 February 2012, 14:21 Steve Wambugu

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 Mr Kuria.

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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