13 November 2012

Kenya: Cops Hunt Ruiru Mayor Over Woman's Assault

Police are investigating a case in which Ruiru mayor Geofrey Kaara is alleged to have beaten up a woman. The mayor, who is eyeing the Ruiru parliamentary seat, is said to have have attacked Josephine Kaari on Sunday evening for ditching him to support his political rival. Kaari has been Kaara's chief campaigner.

"I was seated at Danga Hotel in Ruiru with a friend when the mayor Kaara confronted me for ditching him. When I told him that I was supporting Wakili Gathii Irungu for paying me well to campaign for him, Kaara started beating me up," she said.

Kaari said Kaara punched her on the face severally before fleeing. She reported the attack and recorded a statement with the Ruiru police station.

Witnesses said Kaara attacked Kaari after a brief exchange of words. Irungu condemned the attack on Kaari and accused the police of being reluctant to arrest the mayor despite knowing his whereabouts.

"If a parliamentary aspirant can physically assault a woman in front of public, how can he lead the constituency with a sober mind? It is a right for every person to decide who to support and not support," he said.

Irungu claimed Kaara has in the past gone scot free after assaulting his opponents, adding that Kaara has also threatened him.

"Kaara has also threatened me and when I reported the matter to the police nothing was done. This is impunity and action should be taken," he said.

Irungu threatened to sue Kaara if police fail to arrest and charge him for attacking Kaari. He said action must be taken against Kaara to stop him from threatening and attacking his opponents. Kaara denied all the other allegations.

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