A consortium of twenty human rights in Kenya report to have counted at least 60 cases of sexual violence committed during the August 2017 election.
In an open letter to the Acting Interior Minister, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Dr. Cleopa Mailu, Ministry of Health, and Joseph Boinet, the Inspector General of Police, they state, “Preliminary findings of in-depth research conducted by Human Rights Watch confirm incidences of sexual violence in Dandora, Mathare, Kisumu and other affected areas… and the numbers are rising steadily.”
According to the human rights organisations, the perpetrators described by victims were mostly police officers and or men in uniform. Other reported perpetrators include militia groups and gang members who took advantage of the chaos.
They now urge the state to put in place measures to protect individuals and communities that may be vulnerable to sexual violence ‘ensure timely, accessible, affordable, quality and comprehensive medical and forensic services for any person who may be a victim of sexual violence during this political period and expeditiously investigate and prosecute perpetrators.”