3 women in hos­pi­tal af­ter po­lice as­sault

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY KITAVI MU­TUA

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.

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