Malindi women protest stripping of Jubilee agent
A group of women in Malindi took to the streets on Saturday to protest the alleged stripping of a Jubilee coalition agent during the recent Malindi by-election in Kilifi County.
The women, led by activist Amina Munyazi and TNA nominated Senator Emma Mbura, accused CORD leaders of orchestrating the stripping of the woman on claims that she was helping the ruling Jubilee coalition rig the Malindi by-election.
The demonstrators marched to Kilifi Deputy County Commissioner’s office Gideon Ombongi where they presented their petition, demanding for the arrest of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.
Ombongi told the group that investigations into the incident are still underway; he promised that action will be taken against those found guilty of the offence.
On Thursday, Coast Regional Co-ordinator Nelson Marwa ordered for investigations into the stripping incident, specifically calling for a probe into the conduct of officers attached to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi and Kilifi Woman Rep Aisha Jumwa.
Marwa said the three leaders should also bear responsibility for the alleged actions by their aides. Further, he asked Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to take disciplinary action against the officers.
“On Monday during the Malindi by-election, a few elements who think they have money sent goons to polling stations to beat and harass voters and strip women,” said Marwa. “The orderlies attached to Joho, Kingi and Aisha are the ones who were beating people in Malindi.”
Marwa said that the officers attached to Joho, Kingi and Jumwa “broke the law” and they will be dealt with according to the law.
“Why should the officers strip a woman? Why officers attached to Joho, Kingi and Aisha and their goons undress a woman and they are still walking around?” he posed.
Marwa’s sentiments have sparked retaliatory remarks from the CORD coalition, with leaders claiming that the stripping allegations are mere conjecture.