After Commissioner, David Kipkemei, apologised to Namanga town rape victims, local police in a major swoop on Wednesday night arrested 45 suspects.
The swoop dubbed “Operation Fagia” carried out by combined security agencies and ambassadors of Nyumba Kumi Initiative arrested 45 people who they charged with various offences ranging from possession of uncustomed goods and cannabis sativa, and being in Kenya illegally.
Kipkemei while apologizing on behalf of the government and his own behalf to the victims who included a 12 year old girl and a 25 year old woman had accused the police of laxity.
It emerged on Thursday that the thugs, who numbered four and allegedly in possession of a gun and machetes, spent at least 2 hours in the three houses they broke into and defiled a minor before moving to another house to gang-rape a woman.
A resident of Namanga town, Ali Hassan claimed the suspects moved freely in the town on Tuesday night as they broke in to houses without being spotted, adding that there was no police presence in town on that fateful night.
“How can the police explain this? They were nowhere to be seen as the thugs ruled the town. They spent exactly 6 hours from midnight to six am on Tuesday as police officers slept in their houses,” said Hassan.
On Thursday, Kipkemei said Wednesday’s night operation marked series of more often operations to come.
“I will not let any officer to sleep until we bring to book all those suspects who committed the heinous act on Monday. We have also increased surveillance in the town. We will work with ambassadors of Nyumba Kumi Initiative to drive our security agenda in Namanga town,” said the commissioner.
“As a parent, I am also feeling for the victims. This happened because someone failed to provide security, and I promise the people of Namanga that action will be taken against the police officers from the local station,” Kipkemei had said on Wednesday evening.
Kipkemei said there was “lapse” in security that allowed thugs to rule the town the entire night on Tuesday morning.
“Where were the officers supposed to patrol the town as is required of them? I will personally look into that matter. I will ensure that those charged with providing security must do their job. This is most foul incident to happen while I am at the helm in this county,” said the county commissioner.
Kajiado Central OCPD James Kimani had contradicted the residents when he said the thugs stole Sh1, 500 shillings from a home they raped a woman.
A victim had claimed, and even recorded a statement with the police in Namanga town stating she lost Sh11, 500 with two phones.