UPDATE Sunday, October 18: Lawyer Onesmus Masaku succumbed to his injuries at Kenyatta National Hospital after his hand was chopped off by a police officer.
The news was confirmed by Law Society of Kenya (LSK) chairman for south eastern branch Justus Mutisya.
It was alleged that Masaku had tried to rape the police officer on Wednesday, October 7 with LSK denying the claims.
UPDATE: Friday, October 9: Court allowed police to detain their compatriot Nancy Njeri for 14 days as investigations continued into the case where she was accused of slashing a lawyer's hand using a machete.
Over 10 advocates including Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi and his deputy Caroline Kamende are representing the injured lawyer.
She had been arraigned before Senior Resident Magistrate Caroline Ocharo in Machakos Court on Friday.
UPDATE Thursday, October 8: A female police officer who allegedly chopped off a lawyer's hand in Wote, Makueni has been arrested.
She is set to be arraigned in court on Friday, October 9, following the incident that happened on Wednesday.
Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi denied reports that the lawyer tried to rape the female police officer.
"Police in Makueni are complicit in the attempted murder of Lawyer Onesmus Masaku by Policewoman Nancy Nyeri.
"The two are known lovers and Njeri attempted to kill him after he refused to accede to her demands for marriage. Nancy Njeri should be arrested and charged," read a statement from Havi.
A female police officer chopped off a lawyer's hand after he allegedly attempted to rape her on Wednesday, October 7, in Wote, Makueni county.
It is reported that the lawyer had invited the female officer to his house so he could introduce her to his girlfriend.
The plot, however, turned out to be fabricated just to lure the female officer to his house. A struggle is said to have ensued after the lawyer allegedly attempted to rape the officer.Police officers and citizens pictured outside Kasarani Police Station. Naomi Theuri reported that her father was missing at the station on May 18, 2020.File
The lawyer was rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, for treatment after the incident.
The female police officer is also said to have suffered injuries during the melee and was rushed to Makueni Referral Hospital but was later discharged.
According to a police report, the incident left the lawyer in a serious condition and had to be rushed to Nairobi for specialised treatment.
The incident attracted backlash from the public with some calling for action to be taken against police officers who have overstayed in the town.
"Wote Makueni county Station has officers who have overstayed service. An incident yesterday of a female officer who cut a lawyer’s arm is the town talk," said Eembuta Ulakituu.
In Kenya, 45% of women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence and 14% of women aged 15-49 have experienced sexual violence, according to statistics by the State Department for Gender.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, July 6, the issued an investigation into the rising violence against women and girls that include rape, domestic violence, Female Genital Mutilation, early teenage pregnancies, and child marriages.
"We must always remember that the family is a projection of the state. If the family is under attack, the state is under attack. If the family is weak, the country is weak," stated Uhuru.President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the media at State House in September 2020PSCU
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