A woman is crying for justice after allegedly being gang-raped by prison wardens in Thika prison. The woman had gone to visit her spouse who works at the facility, in Thika.
The lady’s ordeal started when the woman was unable to trace her husband who had been transferred from Kisii to Thika. By 10.00 in the evening, there were still no signs of her seeing her husband. That compelled her to seek help from some officers who were on duty on that particular day.
She approached two male wardens to help her trace her husband, but the officers told her that his phone was not going through. That one happened a number of times before the lady, who was in the company of her one and a half-year-old boy, together with the offices gave up on the search.
The lady said that since there was no other alternative, the warders offered her a place to spend the night. It was one of the houses that belonged to one of them. “It was a small mabati house in the prison,” said the alleged victim, adding:
“They asked me to spend the night in the [staff] quarters, pledging to help me trace my spouse the following day (Tuesday, October 5).” The lady said that one of the officers who hosted her turned and locked the house from inside with a chair.
“One of them grabbed and pinned me down on the floor. He, thereafter, brandished a firearm and warned to kill me if I dared scream.” She said. According to the alleged victim, the two warders took turns to rape her.
The lady said that she spent the entire night crying, till the following day when she bumped onto a female prison warder, whom she confided to. She took her to her senior supervisors, whom she reported her ordeal. She thereafter went to a hospital for medication.”
On Tuesday, October 12, Thika West Sub-County Police Commander Daniel Kinyua confirmed that one of the prison warders suspected of sexually abusing the woman was arrested.