In Summary
  • She said a gang, which has been hiding in toilets and attacking women at night, has made locals fear visiting the amenities.
  • Kisumu County Commissioner Pauline Dola said 20 suspects had been arrested in the past two weeks.

  • Ms Dola assured the residents that police patrols have been intensified in Kisumu and its environs.

The rise in crime, sexual and gender based- violence in Kisumu dominated Madaraka Day speeches at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds on Saturday.

Maendeleo ya Wanawake Chairperson Caren Oloo raised concerns about the alarming rise of rape cases, molestation of children and crime targeting women in sprawling Nyalenda slums.

TOILETS

She said a gang, which has been hiding in toilets in the area and attacking women at night, has made locals fear visiting the amenities. She called on the police to intensify patrols in the area.

“Nyalenda residents are no longer comfortable to allow their daughters visit toilets at night. We are living in fear,” she said.

“The crimes targeting women and children in Nyalenda must stop,” Ms Oloo said.

Her remarks came a fortnight after Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Rachel Shebesh led a delegation to flush out serial rapists in Nyalenda slums.

RAPISTS

Ms Pauline Kwacha, a member of the Maendeleo ya Wanawake also blamed some women for covering up acts of molestation of children by close relatives.”

Kisumu County Commissioner Pauline Dola said 20 suspects had been arrested in the past two weeks.

Among those arrested, the county commissioner said, were five hardcore criminals who will be taken to court next week.

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