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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

RAPE MP TO BE CHARGED THIS WEEK

Embattled Imenti Central MP Gideon Mwiti may be charged with rape this week as police finalise their report amid pressure from women legislators who yesterday called on authorities to hasten investigations.
Women MPs have also urged Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi to establish a gender unit in the House to address increased cases of harassment and violence against women legislators and parliamentary staff.
Detectives investigating claims of the woman that the MP raped her in his Westlands office, Nairobi on Saturday night, are finalising the report pending DNA analysis to piece together final evidence before the file is taken to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko. Speaking at Parliament Buildings yesterday, the women MPs threatened  to sue Tobiko if he fails to act swiftly on the Imenti Central MP once the investigation is complete.
“The sexual harassment of women is now a trend that is becoming common and especially in Parliament.We are urging the DPP to do his work or else we will explore other legal options,”said Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo. The more than 20 women MPs also urged Muturi to urgently set up a gender unit within Parliament.
“As the police continue with investigations over the alleged rape case of a woman in Westlands by the Imenti Central MP, we call upon the Speaker to set up a gender unit in Parliament to deal with these cases not only of Women MPs but even the staff,” said Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire. “We will not tolerate any form of harassment on women whether an MP or any other woman out there.
We must have a society with dignity and respect,” she said. Mwiti now awaits results of the DNA specimen from saliva, hair and body tissues taken by Government Chemist analysts taken from him and the victim which will lay it bear either incriminating or exonerating evidence. “Mwiti did not spend the night in police cells.
If he has to be arrested, he must be taken to court as well. The investigation file is almost complete pending report from the Government Chemist before the file is submitted to the DPP,” an officer close to the investigation intimated.
Although police clarified he never spent a night at police cells, sources involved in the probe said he left Gigiri Police Station at around midnight but he is expected to report to the station on a daily basis.  Doctor’s report from Nairobi Women’s Hospital showed the woman suffered bruises on the upper and lower lips with stains of blood and minimal swelling on bilateral cheeks.