A student is fighting for her life at a hospital in Kajiado after she was attacked and raped by attackers as she walked to her hostel.
The Masai Technical Institute student was walking to her hostel from Kajiado town at around 7.30 pm on Sunday when she was attacked and hit with a blunt object on the neck.
Eyewitnesses said the early evening attack caused panic around the college.
The student victim is said to have been attacked by more than 8 men, who also raped her and took away her phone before disappearing into the darkness.
“When we reached there, she was unconscious and were confused about how to handle the case. Our college is in the outskirts of Kajiado town CBD area and is dark at night,” said one of the rescuers.
The college principal, Wesley Yegon, refused to share any details of the attack that has caused panic and fear among the students at the college.
Yegon could not respond to our messages sent to his WhatsApp inbox even after we identified ourselves.
The students who spoke to the journalists on Tuesday evening after it leaked out that one of the females was attacked and raped on Sunday, claimed the administration had earlier warned them against taking the story to the media.
Another female student said those who attacked one of their own were armed with iron bars.
“After beating up the MTTI student, they broke into a nearby home before fleeing. The matter was reported to the police who arrived at the scene accompanied by the principal shortly,” she said.
Kajiado sub-county police commander, David Loronyokwe, on Wednesday morning confirmed the attack and said already 7 men have been arrested and are helping DCI officers in investigations.
“We managed to arrest the suspects after the victim at the Kajiado county referral hospital gained consciousness and talked to our officers,” said Loronyokwe.
Loronyokwe said each of the seven suspects was arrested individually, and that as soon as the victim recovers, they will be paraded for identification.
He thanked a section of students, who also volunteered the information that led to the arrest of the suspects.
Residents told journalists Tuesday the area behind MTTI has seen a rise in crime and are now complaining of theft of water tanks and building materials.
“The college should extend the floodlights to cover the road leading to the private hostels next to it and introduce patrols in the early evening,” suggested one neighbour.