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Kimaiyo given 3 days to arrest strippers

17 November 2014, 17:06 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – National Assembly's female MPs have given the Inspector General of Police (IG), David Kimaiyo, three days to arrest men who stripped a woman in Nairobi for the alleged indecent dressing.

The MPs under the umbrella of the Kenya Women Parliamentarians (KEWOPA) led by their chairperson Cecily Mbarire, said that the stripping act is “primitive meant to humiliate women” and that failure by Kimaiyo to arrest the perpetrators in three days will compel them to petition President Uhuru Kenyatta to remove him from office.

“The stripping act is primitive and act of violence against women. We ask the IG to bring to book the perpetrators of stripping and issue a directive for the safety of women,” said Mbarire.

Mbarire said KEWOPA is set to review all laws related to gender rights particularly on the freedom of dressing and ensure serious implementation of the enacted laws.

“We don’t want to live in a nation where certain groups dictate the dressing of others. The move to review the laws will enable fully implementation and officers who fail to enforce it be brought to book when we see the stripping act continuing,” said Mbarire.

Nairobi County MP, Rachael Shebesh, condemned the ongoing acts of stripping women and proposed to table a motion of adjourning some House business on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

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“The act of stripping a woman for indecent dressing is a serious assault accompanied with trauma to the victim. I will table a motion of adjournment tomorrow in Parliament to discuss the issue and I hope the Speaker and other MPs will support us,” said Shebesh.

She challenged men to apply other ways in stopping women from indecent dressing than humiliating them in public through stripping.

However, Shebesh raised her concerns over the IG’s delayed directive to arrest the perpetrators of stripping women yet the culprits can be easily identified from the recorded video of the Nairobi and Mombasa incidences. 

She added that KEWOPA will reach for the two stripped women to provide them with psychological counseling after going through trauma as a result of the act.

The MPs, in company of more than five others were addressing the press at Parliament Buildings.

Their address to the media occurred when a section of some civil society groups held a demo in Nairobi dubbed “My Dress, My Choice” to condemn the recent acts of stripping women for the alleged indecent dressing.    

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