3 women in hospital after police assault
Three women from Syongila village in Kitui central have sought treatment at Kitui Level Four Hospital after allegedly being tortured by area Administration Police officers.
The women are nursing serious injuries on their buttocks and legs arising from brutal beatings by two AP officers who used an electric cable to lash them for two hours on Monday night.
The AP officers arrested the women from their houses around 8pm on Monday evening on allegations that they had insulted their pastor but detained them at their camp until midnight when they released them after severe beatings.
According to one victim Hellen Kambua Kyalo, the officers forced them to lie on their bellies on a dusty floor inside their camp and started whipping them.
Mrs Kyalo, who was accompanied by her husband Kyalo Musyimi at the hospital, said the AP officers accused them of behaving badly and started beating them up without listening to their side of story.
“We were held for more than two hours at night facing brutal assault and no charges were preferred against us,” said Mrs Kyalo.
She was assaulted alongside her neighbours Janet Mwikali and Kathini Mwema.
Kitui police boss Muthui Mwongera said the matter is under investigation and that the complainants were issued with P3 forms to enable them get treatment first.
His AP counterpart Nicholas Mutua said disciplinary action will be taken against the officers involved for violating the police code of conduct as detectives separately pursue justice for the women.