Passaris Urges Boinnet, Matiang'i to Investigate Sexual Violence by Security Personnel

  • Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris on Tuesday asked Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Interior CS Fred Matiang'i to immediately look into cases of security personnel committing sexual offences.

    This was after a report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) revealed that 60 percent of sexual violence cases during 2017 General Election were perpetrated by security personnel.

    Passaris further probed whether tribalism had taken root in the forces asking the relevant authorities to act quickly.

    "What say you? If our security forces were part of the criminal activities there is need to address the emotions that lead to attacking the citizens they vowed to protect.

    [caption caption="Esther Passaris"][/caption]

    "Has the evil tribalism penetrated the forces? Can the #Handshake alone restore order?" she asked.

    Sexually related offences have been on the rise in recent days and last week, Vihiga Woman Representative Beatrice Adagala asked men from her county unable to raise dowry to see her as she is tired of men preying on young girls.

    She attributed cases of rape and defilement to some men being lonely, and others lacking the skills to court women properly.

    Adagala summoned such men promising that they would find a solution together.

    “I don’t want men in Vihiga County to continue pouncing on my young girls. If they cannot marry, maybe because of lack of money to pay dowry, let them come and talk to me. As a mother, I will understand.

    “Those who have no expertise in courting partners should be open and tell us their problem. We can help them to overcome such fears,” she stated.

    [caption caption="Beatrice Adagala"][/caption]