Cas­trate rapist cops in Mu­mias - ac­tivists

Rights group says po­lice should not have tor­tured peo­ple over stolen guns

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - BRIAN OJAMAA @oja­maab

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.

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