The attention of the Kenya Police has
been drawn to reports carried in a section of the press
today castigating the police for shoddy investigations
and insensitivity on handling rape cases.
It is important to clarify here that
the Kenya Police is committed to the fight against rape
and defilement. There should be no doubt about this
in any body’s mind and it is our obligation to
protect the citizens of this country from perpetrators
of this heinous crime.
As part of this commitment the Kenya
Police has put in place a gender and children’s
desk at the Police Headquarters to handle rape related
issues, defilement and other assaults on the vulnerable
group of our society that is women and children.
Through this office, child protection
centers have been established in various parts of the
country – in Nyanza, Western, Rift Valley and
Nairobi. The Spider squad which was established to deal
with rape cases is still operational and its successes
cannot be over emphasized.
The Police Department has inculcated
Gender and Children issues into its training curriculum
at the Police Training College. This has been made possible
in collaboration with NGO specializing in women and
Through this programme, our officers
have been trained on how to handle victims of rape in
a descent and confidential manner. This is the reason
why we have witnessed an increase in the reportage of
such case because the public now have confidence that
they will be assisted once they report.
Therefore allegations about insensitive officers at
the police station gleefully demanding a replay of the
events are false and far fetched. Those making such
allegations are living in the yester-years and have
no touch with the reality on the ground.
It is important to note that the Gender
Desks are manned by female police officers who have
been specially trained in this area.
For the months of January and February,
this year, there were a total of 406 cases reported.
Of these 397 were taken to court
• Convicted - 145
• Pending before court - 236
• Dismissed under section 202 cpc - 10
• Acquitted U/Sec. 210 - 1
• Withdrawal U/Sec. 87 (A) - 2
• Pending U/investigations - 9
This is indicative that the Kenya Police
is not involved in a conspiracy of silence. We are taking
action. The Kenya Police wish to discourage those who
are speculating about our commitment to combat this
vice. They are urged to encourage victims to report
to the police and we will take necessary action.
We wish to also discourage family members
from the habit of gambling with the life of their kin
by accepting compensation from culprits to defeat the
course of justice. When a crime has been committed there
is no provision in the law for outside settlement. Report
the crime to the police. We should all be committed
to stamp out this vice.
(JASPHER N. OMBATI)
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
10th April, 2006