, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – Deputy President William Ruto has directed that the people who were filmed stripping women in Nairobi and Mombasa on allegations that they were scantily dressed be prosecuted.
Ruto who was speaking during a tour of Bungoma County termed the behavior as barbaric and primitive and one that should not be tolerated as it was disrespectful.
“What is your business in what a woman has put on? These men who undress women and those that impregnate school going children belong in one class and should be prosecuted—we do not want to live in a primitive world where people don’t respect the rights of others especially the rights of women and children,” stated Ruto.
Even as the Deputy President ordered for the prosecution of the culprits, the Inspector General Police David Kimaiyo who has taken up the matter has appealed to the victim of the assault to come out and record a statement with the police, so as to initiate investigations.
“The National Police Service is appealing to the lady who is alleged to have been stripped naked at the Embakasi stage, Tom Mboya to report to any police station and make an official report in order for us to investigate the matter,” read a message sent to our newsroom by Gatiria Mboroki, police spokesperson, on behalf of the IG.
In the meantime, being in a region with an ever increasing number of school drop-outs due to early pregnancies, the Deputy President urged leaders from the area to protect the young girls from the predators who were destroying their future.
“This constant announcements we hear of girls in class eight and form four dropping out of school due to early pregnancies is really disappointing. What sort of people must these men be to impregnate such young girls? I want to ask the Chiefs and the Provincial Administration to make sure all children have the best chance of going to school without the interference of pests,” Ruto urged.
The Deputy president further urged leaders both in government and the opposition to work together adding that political completion was healthy as long as it did not cause division.
“Politics of the 21st century is if I give you my hand, there is always a next time–it must not always be a question of us versus them or create enmity in our country—we want politics that is mature that gives competition so that we can get the best for our country—those of us who have responsibility to govern must do so with diligence,” urged Ruto.
Ruto’s statement comes hot on the heels of ODM party leader Raila Odinga’s address during a party meeting in Oyugi’s, Homabay County where he cracked the whip on opposition legislators over their failure to take up the role of the opposition and were instead working with the government.