Fear as hooded rapists reign in Taita

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Wundanyi Wednesday May 23, 2018

Women in Taita Taveta County are now crying for security and justice against hooded rapists who waylay them as they go about the daily chores.

The women confronted the area County Commissioner, Rodah Onyancha over the rising cases of rape and subsequent murdering of the victims in the region.

The women shocked the commissioner even more, when they claimed that their men were normally so drunk to defend them from the hooded sex pests targeting widows, school going children and the elderly.

“The gang which is hooded waylays helpless women and young girls along footpaths, while collecting firewood or milk early in the morning and sometimes in the evening, while going home from the market or farms,” Angelin Mwalegha told the shocked Ms Onyancha.

“The gang has instilled fear among local women in Wesu, Werugha and Lushangonyi in Mgange and Mwanda locations and we are calling for the government’s protection.” Ms Mwalaghe told the public baraza, addressed by the County Commissioner at Mnyale village in Mgange location yesterday.

According to statistics given by the police, a total of seven cases of rape and murder involving women and school going girls had been reported in the recent past. The names of some 10 suspects have been provided to the police.

Onyancha assured the women that the government would do everything possible to address the problem before it gets out of hand. She challenged the men to protect their women against the sexual harassment, saying that they would do so if they stopped excessive drinking of the local illicit brew, known as “mbangara”.

“How do you feel as a man when your wife or daughter is raped in the forest,” posed Onyancha, amid applause from the women.
The administrator caused laughter when she challenged the rapists if they were men worth their salt try her and they will see fire.

“I am a strong woman from Kisii land who has eaten cassava proper,” said the strong bodied Commissioner amid claps from both women and men.

Onyancha and local leaders noted that widespread sale and consumption of illicit brews was responsible for rising cases of rape, defilement and general crime in the area and must stop if the county is to realize meaningful development.

She advised wananchi to give information to the authorities so that these people could face justice. “Those raping you are your sons, brothers and husbands, and you know them. Give us information so that we can assist you,” She pointed out.

The Commissioner also warned them against holding Kangaroo courts when those caught in the act are tried. “How do you accept a goat to resolve a case whereby your wife or daughter has been sexually abused? Men should strive to protect their families from such criminal activities instead of engaging in alcoholism,” said the administrator.

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