Castrate rapist cops in Mumias - activists
Rights group says police should not have tortured people over stolen guns
Arrest and castrate all the General Service Unit officers who raped women and defiled young girls in Mumias while searching for stolen guns, a human rights group has demanded.
Kenya Human Right Watch Western chapter director Kennedy Wanjala on Monday said officers should have acted professionally, instead of beating men and raping girls and their mothers.
Addressing a press conference in Webuye after visiting the victims in Shibale and Mumias Hospital, he urged IG Joseph Boinnet to order the officers’ arrest .
“They should also be castrated bedause they are not human,” he said.
GSU, AP and other officers were searching for seven guns stolen on Tuesday from the Booker police post. For three days residents were beaten and abused to extract information. Two people died.
“What happened is very bad and against the law. We cannot allow culprits to go scot-free, the officers also stole money,” Wanjala said. “They raped a woman very badly in front of her mother and now she cannot even walk properly.”
Witnesses saw a number of women and girls being raped, he said.
“If it happens again, not that we’re sayint it will, they should use proper methods instead of harassing innocent residents,” Wanjala said.
“Imagine it was your sister, mother or brother. How would you feel? We want officers to use skillful ways, instead of terrorising people.”
Wanjala said the Sh500,000 reward for information won’t help because residents are furious at the abuse.