Six women have been so far killed in Mawanga, Nakuru County. The attacks seem to be targeting women who live alone and they mostly occur between 12 noon to 3 PM. Some of the women were raped before eventually being killed and their bodies set on fire. Women in the area, are crying out for the government to intervene.
“Kwa nini ni wamama tu wanauliwa? Tuko na uchungu sana. In fact leo asubuhi my daughter aliniambia mum husiniache nitauliwa,” a resident cried out in a forum held at Look primary school.
The residents pointed the finger at the police officers who seem to be negligent and use the biggest gang in the county “Confirm” to be at blame. In response, Police County Commissioner Erastus Mbui said, “We need to take initiative as a community without throwing blame on each other. To dig deep and find out which information has been shared with the police and they have not acted on it.”
“Over 40% of women in Kenya are likely to face physical and/or Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) including lifetime physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime,” This is according to Equality Now, a human rights organization. In June 2021, the Government of Kenya made a valiant decision to end Gender-Based Violence (GBV) including sexual violence by 2026. The government stated it will intensify its campaign to end these violations by undertaking a series of 12 bold commitments that would remove the systemic barriers that allow GBV to thrive. We hope with the full implementation of this campaign such incidents will be null and void!