Rape most committed atrocity in poll 2017 chaos,Civil societies

Wangu Kanja from the Wangu Kanja foundation convener of survivors of the sexual violence together with Angelina Sikanda from the Center For The Rights Education and Awareness during a press conference in Nairobi PHOTO CHRISTOPHER NYAMUTA PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:Civil societies have indicated that rape was the most  committed atrocity  during the  2017 poll chaos witnessed in the country.

In a media briefing in Nairobi ,Wangu Kanja from Wangu Kanja  foundation and Angelina Sikanda of Center for Rights Education and Awareness said that out of 86 cases recorded by the Kenya National on Human Rights Commission , 67 of those  were rape cases .

Kanja said that this form of atrocity was committed  by police and civilians which was being used as a form of intimidation to threaten the rights and freedoms of citizenry.

“The Kenya National Commission on Human rights commission, KNCHR reported  86 cases.The most affected are women and girls.”Kanja said

“Rape was the most common form of violence used as a weapon of choice to intimidate and threaten the rights and freedoms .”She added

They faulted the inspector general of police Joseph Boinnet  for his assertion that no atrocities were committed during the electioneering period, urging him to set gender crimes unit to investigate and prosecute such  cases following the fact the victims failed to identify the perpetrators  of the heinous crimes.

“The inspector general to immediately retract and apologize for his statement that there were no reported cases of rape during this electioneering period.”She said

The most affected areas were Nairobi ,Kisumu, Bungoma ,Busia  ,Kitui, Kakamega ,Migori and Siaya.

They said that they are concerned over  the denial by the state actors and culture of silence  being witnessed terming it as an insult   to the victims who have failed to report such cases and  failed too to seek medical assistance.