Trans Nzoia Women leaders urge police to stop rape incidents-blame boda boda riders

A 45-year-old secondary school teacher told The Weekly Vision Online how she requested a boda boda rider to take her to her Lessos home only for the rider to drag her into the notorious forest where he repeatedly raped her

By Sirengo Namasaka

A report on the continuous rape incidents faced by women at the hands of boda boda riders in Lessos forest in Kitale has exposed security apparatus who are accused of doing nothing to arrest the perpetrators even as pressure mounted on Inspector General Hillary Mutiambayi to act.

Trans Nzoia women leaders said on Sunday that the rape meted upon women boarding the motorcycles was dehumanising and called for an end to the incidents. The women leader’s chairperson Immaculate Shamalla said a 16-year-old schoolgirl and five others were raped by six men inside a forest near Lessos as they headed home from Kitale Town and no action has so far been taken despite various reports to the police.

” Two of the girls were told to alight because of a pothole on the Lessos ya Wamama estate road only for men to arrive on a different motorcycle, attacking a girl and her aunt ”

” The boda boda cyclists are notoriously dragging women pillions to the forests and raping them. We are demanding immediate action from the IG of Police Hillary Mutiambayi”, she said in an interview with The Weekly Vision online in Kitale Monday.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutiambayi

” Two of the girls were told to alight because of a pothole on the Lessos ya Wamama estate road only for men to arrive on a different motorcycle, attacking a girl and her aunt ”, she added. The women tried to escape but were pursued, beaten and raped by the gang who left the two traumatised. Shamalla said most of the boda boda riders are involved in the raping and defiling of the women.

A 45-year-old secondary school teacher told The Weekly Vision Online how she requested a boda boda rider to take her to her Lessos home only for the rider to drag her into the notorious forest where he repeatedly raped her. ” This boda boda rider whom I can identify stopped at the road near the forest and immediately two other men arrived and dragged me into the forest only to rape me in turns. One of them had a sword which he said could be sunk into my head if I tried to make noise”, she said.

All the victims told our writer that the gang preys on their victims between 7: 30 and 8: 00 pm. A woman who spoke on condition of anonymity said police had not taken any action despite her making a report at the Lessos police station.

Reuben Langat, a lands surveyor at the Kitale lands office narrated how he had been clobbered by the notorious boda boda cyclists who wait for pillions near Swara restaurant opposite veterinary. ” That forest is now a place of horror not only for women but all people who unsuspectingly use the boda bodas. Inspector general Hillary Mutyambai must do something to assure us of our security”, he said.

A woman who was on her way home told us that she recognised some familiar and unfriendly faces in the darkness and instantly knew that the six men in front of her meant her harm, she saw a tall girl, who tried to run away. When they caught up with her, she tried to fight back but her attackers thought to be aged between 16 and 20, began by punching and kicking her. After she was hurt too badly to resist, they took it in turns to rape her. The problem was that the teenager would not submit quietly: she kept screaming.

She said she knew some of the men who had raped her and despite giving the police their names no arrests have been done. Kwanza OCPD James Odera said police had begun investigations into the matter and assured residents that action would firmly be taken, promising to firmly deal with the aggressors.

 Police have launched investigations into the matter and anyone who will be found culpable will be punished severely. Members of the public should however provide sufficient information and be ready to provide evidence”, he said.

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