Woman accuses two AP officers of gang raping her
21 July 2015, 21:53
Nairobi - A charcoal dealer from Emurua Dikirr has alleged that two police officers attached to Emurua Dikirr police post gang raped her at Esoit trading center.
The woman said the officers who were drunk and dressed in uniform, confronted her in the evening and demanded that she gives them money or they arrest her.
" I was with another woman and each one of us gave them KES 1500 for ferrying charcoal but they were never satisfied with that. They grabbed my hand and took me to the bush where they both rapped me in turns,” said the woman.
The woman made the damning revelations Tuesday during a demonstration led by area MP Johana Ngeno over claims of constant harassment of charcoal traders by police officers.
"I'm really traumatised by what they did to me. They did not even bother to use protective means and I do not know my status now. I could be infected by STI," said the woman.
She added that the officers have been harassing several other women but the women fear to report because they do not want to be stigmatized.
"Despite taking bribes the officers have been raping women at Nyakweri where they go to collect charcoal," said the woman.
Asked if she recorded a statement with the police, the woman said she could not do that because she feared she might be killed.
“How do I report yet the people whom I’m supposed to report to are the same ones who have been harassing us?” posed the woman.
Ngeno demanded that action be taken against the officers because their seniors know them.
"I have always raised this issue of police harassing women who sell charcoal that is obtained from private farms. The charcoal does not come from a gazetted forest land and the police thus cannot have any legal justification to arrest them," said a visibly angry Ngeno.
He wondered why the same officers had decided to sell the charcoal that they had purported to have been illegally extracted.
"We want to be told on whose orders were the officers acting. The lorry that was ferrying the same charcoal had been allowed to proceed to Nairobi only for the members of public to intercept and arrest it on the way," said Ngeno.
The demonstrators had camped at the sub-county commissioner's office from 8 in the morning till 3 PM but were disbursed when area OCPD Moherai Merengu walked in and began firing in the air. APs who had kept vigil the whole day lobbed tear gas canisters on the demonstrators.
Efforts to contact Merengu were futile as he neither picked calls nor replied to our messages. Narok County AP Commender Paul Kerich said he has not received the report but added that charcoal burning has been banned in the county.
“Leaders must desist from inciting members of the public into acts of disobedience. We feel this is an attempt by certain leaders to use the public to intimidate the police,” said Kerich who added that they will continue conducting their work as per the law.
Meanwhile Ngeno yesterday filed a case in a Kilgoris court suing the government over molestation of residence, use of excessive powers by police on peacefully demonstrating residents and heinous acts of raping and robbing locals by the police.
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