A local administrator has become the talk of the town after allegedly defiling a high school girl and later sharing her nude photos on social media. The administrator Mr.Kalmoy Shalle who is the assistant chief of Arba qeyraso location in the outskirts of Wajir town is accused of sexually abusing the schoolgirl and before posting her pictures on WhatsApp as blackmail for his sexual pleasures in case she denied him his sick favours whenever he desired. The family of the girl is accusing elders of attempting to settle the case outside the court and is appealing to Dr. Fred Matiangi, the Interior Cabinet Secretary to intervene for justice to prevail. The girl who is an orphan is asking for justice. “We are concerned that our girl may not get justice since the chief has-been released on a cash bail of 10,000 and is walking free because he is part of the government” said her uncle Abdi Maalim. However, Wajir police commander Mr.Thomas Ngeiwa said they are waiting for an expert’s report.
Mr.Ngeiwa downplayed reservations by the victim’s family that the case will be settled out of court and urged them to be patient.
Wajir women representative Hon Fatuma Gedi has condemned the incident promising to ensure justice is delivered to the victim. Ms.Gedi said ”she will personally take the case to the relevant government authorities so as to ensure the alleged perpetrator is brought to book”. The case will be heard on 2nd, July, 2020.
Cases of rape of school-going girls have been on the increase in Wajir County with most of the cases being resolved in Maslaha (Alternative dispute resolution mechanism). This method of resolution led by elders has come under heavy criticism and is alleged to favour the perpetrator of heinous crimes.
The slap-on-the-wrist approach of punishing men who commit heinous crimes has been attributed to the rising cases of rape and defiling of young girls.