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KWS Officer assaults house help over KES 1500 salary

03 July 2014, 13:02 John Kioko

Kwale - A Kenya Forest Service officer in Kwale Wednesday thoroughly beat her former house help after demanding last month's salary of KES 1 500.

Eyewitnesses said that the house help who has been working for the KFS official for sometime arrived in the morning to claim her salary before the drama unfolded.

“She knocked the door and the KFS couple came out but when she was given her money by the man, the wife protested and started hitting and kicking the innocent girl," said a journalist who saw the whole drama.

The source said that they were woken by the house help's distress call as the KFS officials strangled her.

“Neighbors responded and saved the girl from the hands of the KFS lady who was strangling her saying the cash she was given by her husband was too much because the girl had  skipped work for two days,” said the source.

The house help who is said to have stopped working for the couple because of victimisation and harassment sustained injuries on her chest and neck.

Kwale deputy OCPD, Alex Ndung’u said the victim had not yet reported the matter to them.

He said once the issue is reported, they will investigate and bring to book the suspect adding that such behaviors should not be tolerated in the society.

Plan International Kwale branch program manager, John Okandi condemned the incident and said that it is violation of human rights.

“It is not good and the laws are very clear about human rights. Employers are not allowed to mistreat their employees or even beat them. We cannot allow such things to happen in our society at this era," said Okandi.

He said that police should ensure the suspect is apprehended for her deeds.

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