Police blamed for increased cases of defilement
04 May 2015, 12:05
Bungoma - Cases of child defilement are on the increase in Bungoma County, with Police officers being blamed for perpetuating the vice.
Bungoma County Woman rep, Dr. Reginalda Wanyonyi said that child defilement cases are reported almost every week but the suspects go scot-free after police officers colluding with the suspects and the victim’s family hold a Kangaroo court and the matter is settled outside the court of law.
Speaking in Bungoma town over the Weekend, Wanyonyi said that if harsh penalty is not going to be imposed on the involved officers, it will be hard to fight the vice that has left many young girls suffering from low self esteem while others have contracted deadly diseases.
“Police are to blame. This culture of demanding for bribes from the suspects to settle the matter out of court is the greatest monster that will consume our society if the concerned authority will not come out boldly to investigate it. It will leave the biggest wound on victims and the suspects will continue with their behaviour,” she said.
The legislator applauded Chiefs and their assistants for campaigning against defilement and arresting the suspects but said the greatest challenge lies with the police officers who are setting the suspects free.
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“Let the government pay police officers well so they can stop demanding for money from suspects and settling serious crimes like defilement out of court,” said the Mp.
Wanyonyi noted that last month alone, over seven cases of defilement were reported in the County but the suspects are roaming the villages freely after police officers were compromised to stop apprehending them, something she noted has caused a lot of mistrust between them and the public.
She called for the arrest of officers who will be found convening Kangaroo courts with the aim of soliciting money from the affected families.
Her sentiments were echoed by the County gender and culture executive, Grace Khayota who said that her ministry had put in place measures to ensure that all defilement suspects are arrested and arraigned in court.
“We have documented a lot of cases but the suspects are left to go scot-free by police officers due to lack of evidence. Defilement is a deadly monster and all those suspected to have involved themselves in the act should be brought to book to serve as an example,” she said.
She noted that her officers are following up on a case in Chwele where a 62-years-old man defiled an 8-year-old class-two girl and fled the area after infecting her with Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).
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