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Central RC concerned over alarming rape cases in Nyandarua

Central Regional Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga has called on Nyandarua chiefs to hold regular meetings to address societal ills particularly the runaway defilement incidents.

Nyagwanga said the chiefs should come up with innovative ways to speak to the residents as a way of addressing the family conflicts and crimes in their jurisdictions as the county grapples with COVID 19 pandemic.

The Commissioner, who spoke in Ol Jororok constituency on Wednesday when he led a security meeting to unravel a series of rape and murders that had hit the area, told the administrators to deal with girl child molesters at village level.

“Look for a way of curbing these defilers at community level so that these matters are dealt with once and for all. The directive not to hold meetings should not pave way for crimes to thrive,” added the RC.

The chiefs had decried lack of forums in which they could reach the public saying their role had been reduced to only encouraging people to keep social distance during this COVID 19 Pandemic.

“We no longer have church services, school parades and barazas in which to pass information to the public. My location has about 6, 000 people that I have not had proactive interaction with in the recent past,” decried Rutara location Chief Peter Kimani.

Mirangine Children Volunteer Silphrosa Gichuki regretted that Kangaroo courts were being used to solve defilement matters with parents to victims getting compromised to water down victims’ evidence.

“In some instances, mothers have colluded with their teenage girls to frame incest and defilement cases with the hope of extorting the accused persons once they opt for negotiation.

“The courts too are failing us, as cases of defilement are taking long to be executed and this provides a window for the minors to be compromised,” said Gichuki.

By Anne Sabuni

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