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Woman's assailants yet to be arrested

29 October 2012, 16:49 Kelvin Wanjohi

A gang of at least eight men stormed into her place of work, kidnapped her, took her into a bush, tortured her beyond human comprehension, then one raped her.

Since surviving the ordeal miraculously last August, the 32-year old bar attendant and mother of twins is yet to receive justice. Of all relevant government officials she has sought help from, only Ndaragwa D.O. Oloo seems keen to have her assailants arrested and taken to court.

According to Muthoni, the men accused her of complicity in the disappearance of a brother to some of them.

“Some weeks earlier, we had attended a funeral at the Siberia cemetery in Nyahururu: the allegedly missing man, my employer and his wife who carried their small baby, myself and some other people from Simbara shopping centre where I worked as a bar attendant.

“After the funeral, we all went to a bar on Koinange Street in Nyahururu town, where we took lunch and several drinks.

“By the time we were leaving later in the afternoon, my boss - the owner of the bar - and decided to go to a supermarket on Kenyatta Avenue along with his wife. The ‘missing man’, who was very drunk, followed the couple, but they told him not to enter the supermarket since he was extremely drunk. Me and others went to the matatu stage to wait for them, and told them to hurry up as only the last matatu was remaining.

“When the couple finished their shopping, they did not find the other man outside, and assumed he had joined us."

“We all made efforts to look for him, but since it was getting late and it was about to rain, we decided to go home."

"A search for him was conducted the following day, including at the Nyahururu police station, to no avail. A report of a missing person was made, and the search continued."

“After a number of days, a body was retrieved from the river towards Riverside village, and his relatives identified it as his, although someone who had seen him on the funeral day said the clothes he wore were not the ones the body was found in, which raised questions why."

“I was at work when the group raided the bar, and frog-matched me into the darkness, giving me no time to close the premises, I screamed at the top of my voice, but nobody came to my rescue, even a chief who resides just nearly.

“They beat me senseless, put a tyre around my neck, threatening to torch me alive, saying they would kill me as I had killed their brother."

“They burned a plastic jerrycan, and burned me with the simmering fluids all over the thighs”, she narrated, displaying ugly black scars.

She went on: “They left me for the dead, but one, who I know by name, was left behind and continued torturing me. He raped me twice.

“By God’s grace, I managed to crawl to a home at dawn. I reported the matter to the nearby police post as well as to the Ndaragwa police station, and to Nyahururu, and went for treatment, but up to now, nobody has been arrested."

“If I knew the Director of CID, Ndegwa Muhoro, I would go to him”, she said, weeping openly.

However, when the matter reached the Ndaragwa D.O. Oloo this week, he expressed dismay and asked the complainant to report to his office so that he could intervene in the matter and have justice done.

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