‘I yelled, I begged,’ Kibera man tells of how his daughter was gang raped

A Kenyan man has narrated how he begged intruders to spare his 13-year-old daughter, as they dragged her into the night and gang-raped her.

But that was not before they repeatedly drove nails into his head.

The man said the thugs quickly ransacked the house, picking valuables such as phones while another went into the bedroom where his daughter was.

“It was the night of February 4, 2014, when a group of men hit my door with a big stone sending it gaping. Some got inside while two remained at the door to keep guard.

He was badly scarred and left for dead.” the father told a Kibera court on Friday.

SUSPECTS: Nelson Vasereze (R), Charles Onzere and Abdi Mutua in a Kibera court on Friday. Image: CLAUSE MASIKA
SUSPECTS: Nelson Vasereze (R), Charles Onzere and Abdi Mutua in a Kibera court on Friday.
Image: CLAUSE MASIKA

He said the man came out of the bedroom pulling his daughter, but when he pleaded with them to release her, it only earned him a nail in the head.

The father helplessly watched the intruders take his daughter away as he lay in pain.

“One of the men had a wooden frame with nails in it. He used that to hit me, driving the nails in and out of my head,” he said.

I yelled, I begged, I shouted, but every attempt earned me more nails in my head. Sometimes, they used a knife to stab me. The more I acted, the angrier they got.

Eventually, they left me writhing in pain as they disappeared into the darkness with my daughter,” he told the court.

The man told Kibera senior resident magistrate Barbara Ojoo that he dragged himself to his brother who lived nearby.

He found him and his wife and told them about the attack. They went to the police station the following day where they reported the attack before embarking on a search for the daughter.

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 After hours of searching, they found his daughter locked up in a house at a nearby plot crying in great pain. Inside the house was a picture of one Nelson, whom he knew very well.

“I know all the accused persons here. Nelson’s father is my personal friend,” he told the court. I together with other members of the family took her to Nairobi Women’s Hospital where she was treated and after that we began to look for the culprits,” he said.

They nailed my head and defiled my daughter, man tells court

The daughter wept as she testified.

“They appeared in my bedroom with a bright spotlight which they shone in my eyes. I was chatting on my phone which they grabbed ruthlessly,” she testified.

She screamed to alert her father, unaware that he had already been captured. She said they dragged her out of bed to the living room.

“He tried to defend me, but they nailed him in the head. One picked a knife and stabbed him and he fell down. They would punish him even when he turned his head to my direction,” she narrated.

All of them defiled me repeatedly, one keeping guard as the next jumped on me, at least three rounds.

It was very painful and when I screamed, they threatened to kill me. They ordered me to stay quiet for my own sake.”

The now 17-year-old told the court that they left her father took her to a nearby place with overgrown grass.

Then one of the thugs dragged her to a house, where they both spent the night.

“Nelson took me to his house and slept beside me the whole night. He did not touch me again. In the morning, he locked me inside and left until I was found by my uncle,” she said.

She said her uncle called other family members who broke into the house and rescued her. She identified the picture of Nelson that was hanging inside the house.

Her father took the photo which he used to find Nelson, one of the accused in the case.

“My friend called me and informed me that he had seen Nelson in a chang’aa den drinking. I sent him Sh50 and asked him to keep buying him alcohol as I sought police to arrest him,” the father said.

Nelson Vasereze, Charles Onzere and Abdi Mutua were arrested and charged with abducting, defiling or gang-raping a child and robbery with violence.

State counsel Nancy Kerubo said other accomplices are still at large. The case will proceed on November 27.

Nelson Vasereze in Kibera court on Friday.

Nelson Vasereze in Kibera court on Friday.

Slum City: Biggest slums you didn’t know are located in Nairobi – List

Nairobi is known as the ‘City Under the Sun’ but what many people do not know is that it is home to the biggest slums in Kenya.

People living only have their dreams and ambitions to motivate them as even getting food is a struggle.

Here are some of the slums located in Nairobi.

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1.Kibera

It is the second largest slum in the world and home to so many people. Most people living here are living in extreme poverty estimated to earn Kshs 100 per day.

Life here is hard with the scarcity of clean water, limited schools, crime rates being high one has to be tough to be able to face all these.

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2. Mathare Valley

It is one of the oldest slums in Nairobi, There are no beds, no electricity, and no running water. People sleep on pieces of cardboard on the dirt floors of the shanties.

There are public toilets shared by up to 100 people and residents have to pay to use them.

 

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Those who cannot afford to pay must use the alleys and ditches between the shanties. “Flying toilets” are plastic bags used by the residents at night, then thrown into the Nairobi River, which is the source of the residents’ water supply.

Life here is also quite hard.

3. Dandora slum

It is an eastern suburb of Nairobi that surrounds neighbourhoods called estates include Kariobangi, Baba Dogo, Gitare Marigo and Korogocho.

Dandora is also home to the largest dumpsite in Nairobi. Crime rates are high around this area and there is also a scarcity of clean water.

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4. Kawangware slum

It is estimated that many people staying here are children and youth. Most of the adults and youth here are self-employed traders since the unemployment rates in Kenya had increased.

There is a scarcity of drinking water since water provided by the local authorities isn’t available every day making the people have to get other means of getting water.

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5. Korogocho

Korogocho is in the northeast of the city centre and was founded as a shanty town on the then outskirts of the city.

It has numerous people living there, which shows that rural to urban migration had a great influence on the increase of these slums.

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6. Mukuru kwa Njenga

It is a slum in the East of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It sits in Embakasi Constituency but extends into Makadara and Starehe constituencies. It is one of the largest slums in Nairobi.

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It stretches along the Nairobi Ngong river, situated on wastelands in the industrial area of the city between the Outer Ring Road and the North Airport Road and Mombasa road.

Mukuru have villages Mukuru kwa Reuben, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Sinai, Paradise, Jamaica, Kingston, Mariguini, Futata Nyayo and Kayaba.

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Man on the run after stabbing his wife to death in Kibera

A man is on the run after he stabbed and killed his wife in a domestic quarrel in Kibera slums, Nairobi.

The wife and mother of one is understood to have arrived home late last night and when the man asked her where she had been, a quarrel erupted leading to the stabbing.

Police say the man escaped from the scene and efforts to trace him are ongoing. Incidents of fatal domestic fights have been on the rise across city estates in the past months. Police link such incidents on poverty.

Meanwhile, a man has been arrested and an assortment of Kenya Power and Lighting property recovered in a police operation in Membley area, Kiambu.

The property which include cables and other accessories were found stored at a house in Membley estate and are valued at millions of shillings.

Police say a suspect who was ferrying part of the cables believed to have been stolen from KPL stores was arrested. The officers are now investigating how and why the goods were removed from the power supply company with an intention of taking further action.

Such incidents are common in parts of the country which makes the power company incur loses.

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Two Moi Girls’ students to stay in hospital longer

Two of the Moi Girls’ School students with serious burns will stay in the Nairobi Women’s Hospital longer.

Eight students lost their lives in a dormitory fire in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Nairobi Women’s Hospital CEO Felix Wanjala yesterday said the two suffered 66 per cent and 18 per cent burns, respectively.

They will have to stay at the hospital for two to three weeks.

“We had 10 students admitted and we have discharged five. We still have five admitted,” Wanjala told the press at the hospital.

“Of the five, we have three who we are confident will go home tomorrow [today]. That leaves us with two.”

He said the state will foot the medical bill as Education CS Fred Matiang’i had promised.

The CS visited the hospitals on Saturday. He later visited two more students at the Nairobi Hospital.

The CEO said four counsellors from the hospital’s gender violence recovery were helping the students and parents come to terms with the tragedy.

One of the students was referred to Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, following a request from her parents.

Wanjala said 51 students were admitted, but 40 have been discharged.

He said the one with 66 per cent burns will need reconstructive surgery, but at the moment they are treating her wounds.

“We have the capacity to do reconstructive surgery,” he said.

At least 10 students have been listed as missing at the Kenya Red Cross Society information desk at the school.

Yesterday, parents trooped to the hospital to find out the condition of their children.

Titus Wanjala and his wife Zippy visited the hospital, where their 14-year-old girl is admitted.

The two said they learned about the incident when a teacher called them.

“Tasha was brought in on Saturday and she is doing well. She will be discharged today [yesterday],” they said. Zippy said their daughter inhaled carbon dioxide and had been placed under 24 hours observation.

“The school and government has been very supportive as each teacher has a list of the students,” Wanjala said. The government has meanwhile closed down the school for two weeks.

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Akon to light up Kibera

US -based Senegalese Music Superstar Akon intends to light up Kibera and other selected rural parts of Kenya.

Akon met President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi on Thursday where he made the commitment.

The musician has already met Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir and KPLC MD Ben Chumo on the plans.

The President praised Akon for being a role model to African youth and encouraged other talented young people to emulate him by investing back in their mother countries.

“We welcome your initiative and we will give you all the support as you roll out the power project in our country,” the President said.