Young men lifted our skirts up, female MCAs confess
08 June 2016, 11:49
Nyeri - Female Nyeri Members of County Assembly (MCAs) have complained that they were sexually harassed by young men during a scuffle that occurred recently at Mbiriri trading centre, Kieni East Sub-County.
The MCAs said they were manhandled by the youths who also whipped them out of a meeting that was to be presided by Governor Nderitu Gachagua.
“During the event, only two female MCAs who were in trousers. The rest of us were in skirts and we got it rough. Some of us were saved by the bikers we had worn because the goons lifted our skirts up,” said nominated MCA Keziah Waruinu in chambers.
She added that they felt scared and sexually abused.
The raised the complaints during the first session after resuming from recess.
Nominated MCA, Virginia Waruta said they were beaten and harassed by the men making them feel embarrassed.
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“Am a victim of violence and I was beaten. I better die standing than on my kneels. I know God will fight for us,” she said.
Her colleague, Leah Wachira said her spectacles were broken during the melee.
“The attackers left me after the intervention of my cousin who lives in that area. He told them leave this girl alone,” said Wachira.
Aguthi/Gaaki Ward Representative, Wachira Waruru said some of the 25 MCAs attacked in the event are still nursing injuries.
“The same goons came to the hospital we went to seek treatment, pretending that they were also injured. We were bullied, whipped, caned and manhandled. Our female colleagues were sexually abused. Hon. Josephine Muriithi almost collapsed while escaping from the goons,” Waruru told the Speaker.
The MCAs alleged that their attackers were ‘hired goons’ from Chaka, Narumoru and Karatina townships and were been paid KES 1 500 each.
“The police must investigate who caused chaos for prosecution,” said Wamagana MCA, Jessee Kamuri.
They also accused the Governor of peddling lies that the Ward Reps were getting a monthly salary of KES 400 000 and tarnishing their names.
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