Women demonstrate over killing

Over sixty women from Kongelai Division of West Pokot county are up in arms over the death of a 25 year old woman who was allegedly killed by her in – laws after her husband accused her of being amorous.

The women walked for over 10 kms to Kacheliba police station demanding the arrest of the culprits.

The woman was brutally killed by relatives over suspicion of infidelity.

One of the women, Mary Rikiriko said the deceased, Milka Lorkuda was killed last week on Tuesday by her in-laws after her husband gave out directives that she should be killed for being amorous.

Rikiriko pointed out that the deceased’s husband, a prison warden ordered his two brothers to beat the woman claiming that she was unfaithful.

It is alleged that in the evening, the two beat the woman with blunt objects mercilessly.

“It is said that the husband who works in Kisumu ordered his two brothers to do the necessary and that evening by obeying the orders they turned up with blunt objects and tortured the deceased in front of her children from 11pm to around 3 am in the morning”, she said.

The woman was left unconscious but her children alerted neighbours after the two tormenters left.

She was rushed to Kacheliba sub county hospital where she was pronounced dead after arrival”, she added.

Conducted, the Pokot North sub county DCIO, Andrew Nyarindo promised to launch proper investigations, saying anybody found to have committed the offence will be arrested and prosecuted.

Nyarindo urged the women to maintain peace and continue fighting for their rights, saying the government is committed in protecting their rights.

The sister to the deceased Selina Chepongetoi condemned the act, saying the family could have sent her back to her parents and appealed to the government to ensure that justice prevailed.

“The government should ensure that justice prevails by ensuring that the culprits are arrested to face the law.The police should not take time as the people who killed my sister are known. It has taken long, arrest should have been made immediately after the act”, she said.

Emily Partany, a community development facilitator, pointed out that many women from the pastoral communities are facing severe hardships through torture from their spouses.

She added that many such incidents went on unreported.

Partany who condemned the act observed that women in the community are regarded as children and have no right to complain and called on the women from the pastoral communities to wake up and fight for their rights.

Source: All Africa