UN staffer accused of assaulting Kenyan lover arrested

November 4, 2015 9:11 am
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Gakii has accused the man of having repeatedly assaulted her "even when I was pregnant; complicating it and forcing me to undergo a caesarean section."/FILE
Gakii has accused the man of having repeatedly assaulted her “even when I was pregnant; complicating it and forcing me to undergo a caesarean section.”/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 4 – A United Nations staffer, Alphonse Kambu, who is accused by the mother of his three-year-old son of assaulting her, was Wednesday arrested.

Kasarani DCIO Valerian Obore told Capital FM News that the suspect will be arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts on Thursday where he will answer to the charge of assault.

Obore said investigations into the matter have revealed that he has a case to answer.

Kambu is accused of assaulting one Ruth Gakii about two weeks ago, on a Sunday, at her Jacaranda Gardens residence.

While recuperating at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Gakii told Capital FM News that he was dropping off her son on the evening of October 18 when the assault took place.

The two are embroiled in a custody battle over the boy.

She said it was not the first time he’d hit her, forcing her to undergo a c-section when she was expecting their son. “He once slapped me in front of my mother because he didn’t find the meat the house help had cooked tender enough.”

During the interview with Capital FM News, Gakii was sceptical that the police would take action against Kambu given the Papua New Guinea national enjoys diplomatic immunity by virtue of being under the employ of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho however made it clear to Capital FM News that Kambu’s immunity did not extend to acts of criminality.

UNEP Head of News and Media Shereen Zorba said his immunity only applied to words spoken and actions taken in the course of his duties.

“Staff members are required to uphold and respect the principles set out in the Charter of the United Nations, including faith in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women,” she defended.

READ: UN says staff not above law after employee assault claims

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