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Ashikwe!! Activists Call For Arrest Of Police Officer Accused Of Defilement

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Ashikwe!! Activists Call For Arrest Of Police Officer Accused Of Defilement. Photo Courtesy

Ashikwe!! Activists Call For Arrest Of Police Officer Accused Of Defilement

Gender-Based Violence Activists in Kilifi County are demanding the immediate arrest of a police officer based in Marereni Magarini sub-county who allegedly defiled a minor in January this year.

The Activists said the matter was reported to the DCI and IPOA but six months down the line the suspect is still free.

Addressing journalists in Malindi the activists said the minor aged 16 has been staying at a child rescue centre and is traumatized because she has not been able to join form two.

Ashikwe!! Activists Call For Arrest Of Police Officer Accused Of Defilement. Photo Courtesy

They said she was defiled when she was in form one and the case was reportedly taken over by the Kilifi County DCI office which is yet to conclude the matter to date.

Helda Lammeck the Chairperson of Malindi GBV Network said accused the police of laxity saying they are clearly protecting one of their own.

She called on IPOA, DCI, and all security agencies to come clean about the matter as the community is seeking answers from them.

“Our role is to do sensitization in the community but currently we are tied because whenever we go there, we are asked about the progress of the case which we do not have answers for,” she said.

Lameck has also urged the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi to intervene and ensure the suspect is arrested.

Emmanuel Omondi a GBV activist in Malindi said the community has lost trust in the police after the incident.

In an earlier telephone interview Magarini Sub County Police Commander Daniel Kibio said the case was taken over by County DCI Kilifi.

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Felicity Gitonga
Felicity Gitonga is the founder of Africa Business News. abn, freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories.

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