MP Mwiti grilled again in rape probe

March 26, 2015 6:19 pm
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 The legislator who recorded his statement at Parklands police station was accompanied by his lawyer John Khaminwa.

The legislator who recorded his statement at Parklands police station was accompanied by his lawyer John Khaminwa.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – Imenti Central Member of Parliament Gideon Mwiti on Thursday recorded a fresh statement after the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko said his earlier statement was inconsistent.

Mwiti has been accused of raping a 29-year-old married woman, assaulting her and also asking a doctor to carry out a HIV test forcefully before proceeding with the act.

The legislator who recorded his statement at Parklands police station was accompanied by his lawyer John Khaminwa. Unlike previous days when he was under heavy police guard, he went with his private vehicle without any police escort.

“My client was called here and asked me to accompany him…he complied with the police orders,” Khaminwa said.

He however did not divulge any further information.

This comes even as detectives continue to carry out a DNA analysis in a bid to compile a full report over the incident and forward it to the DPP.

DNA specimens from saliva, hair and body tissues taken by Government Chemist analysts from both Mwiti and the victim are set to be released according to a police officer privy to the ongoing investigations.

“Those allegations are false,” he said while explaining that police were already investigating the matter and soon, the truth would emerge.

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The case has caused public outcry with women legislators calling for measures to curb gender violence.

The Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) has asked the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi to establish a gender unit within Parliament to protect women leaders against sexual harassment.

Led by Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire who chairs the association, the leaders indicated that they plan to formulate a sexual harassment policy.

The women took issue with publications that had ‘demonised’ women, making it look like they deserved what befell them, saying they had listened to Joyce Lay’s story and were convinced that she was offended by a male colleague while in Japan.

“As the women of Parliament we are standing in support of our colleague Joyce Lay on the matter that happened to her in Japan. We are not going to allow anybody to make her feel like she called it upon herself… many times we know, when it comes to gender based violence the woman is always made to feel guilty for what happened to her,” complained Mbarire.

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