Family appeal for DPPs intervention

The family of a 21 year old college student who was allegedly raped by a matatu driver in Thika town three weeks ago is now calling for the intervention of the office of the DPP to ensure that the victim gets justice.

The family members led by the girl’s mother (name withheld) said they were living in fear after relatives of the suspect, Paul Njoroge Gitere, started threatening them after they refused to settle the matter out of court.

The mother said the family of the 42 year old suspect who drives a PSV vehicle -KAY 653E that plies Thika � Kamwangi road in Gatundu North Sub-County has made their lives unbearable since he was released on bond.

He has been calling our lines and even sending people to our Rongai home in Kijiado County to stalk us and we are fearful that something worse might happen to our daughter, she said.

Speaking from Thika town, the relatives feared that justice could be circumvented after the court released the suspect on a Sh20, 000 cash bail down from the initial Sh200, 000.

The man who is a prominent businessman brags of having major connections with the law enforcement officers and he is challenging us to either take his money or watch helplessly as our case is thrown out, lamented the distraught mother.

How can we settle the matter out of court yet he messed up the life of my child? It appears it’s a habit that the man is used to since he is bragging of being untouchable. As a matatu driver, it appears he has done this to many other girls with impunity, she added.

The accused person is said to have ferried the girl from Gatukuyu trading centre in Gatundu North sub-county in his matatu on the morning of Sunday 6th May this year. The girl had gone to visit her ailing grandmother.

The girl said she was not familiar with the route and thus requested the driver to drop her at the main bus park upon arriving in Thika town.

The victim said the driver agreed to the request but instead of dropping her at the stage, he took her to an abandoned house in the outskirts of Thika town where he raped her before driving her to the bus park.

Distressed and helpless, the girl took another matatu to their Rongai home where she informed her mother about the sad incident.

The mother took her to hospital and later reported the matter at Rongai police station from where they were referred to Thika police station under whose jurisdiction the crime happened.

Contacted for comment, Thika OCPD, Willy Simba confirmed that they arrested the matatu driver and took him to court and were sure the court would give the case the seriousness it deserved.

He promised to follow up the matter of threats adding that rape was a very serious crime and once proven guilty, the matatu driver would spend many years in prison.

Source: Kenya News Agency