Wajir assistant chief arraigned in Garissa court.
By Suleiman Sabdow.
Arbaqeyraso location assistant chief in Wajir county Mr. Kalmoy Shalle today appeared before Garissa court to answer to three counts of charges levelled against him amongst them defilement of a form three girl. Appearing before Garissa resident Magistrate Cosmas Maundu, the administrator denied all charges and instead appealed to be released on bond since he is a public servant and had no influence over the matter.
The suspect who was not represented in court; denied the second count of deliberately fondling the breast of the minor. The assistant Chief further pleaded not guilty to wrongly disseminating obscene and nude photos of the minor on social media. “Being in position of influence there is likelihood that the suspect will interfere with the investigation hence he should be denied the bond. There has tention and demonstration in Wajir county over the case and therefore we pray that the suspect is denied bond for his own safety and the safety of the complainants,”The prosecution observed.
The court was also told that the suspect is a guardian to the minor and was paying school fees and providing basic necessities and has a huge iinfluence over the family. Mr.Kalmoy Shalle Ahmed is on the spot for allegedly defiling a minor and later sharing her naked photos on WhatsApp in a bid to blackmail her whenever he wanted to have sexual advance with her as alleged. However, the magistrate denied bond for the suspect and said the case will be heard on Wednesday 8th. This comes barely a day after civil society groups questioned the way the case was being handled and objected to have the file transferred to Garissa for hearing and determination.
The Directorate of Criminal investigation (DCI) officers in Wajir told journalists yesterday that the case is being transferred to Garissa so that the girl can get fair hearing and justice. Efforts by Human Right groups in Wajir county to seek audience with office of the Director of Public prosecution (DPP) Nordin Hajji to intervene and have the case handled at Wajir Law court didn’t prove futile. The activists claimed there are efforts to settle the case out of court through Maslaha (Communal dispute resolution), and further alleged the officers handling the case have been bribed to sway the matter.