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This Man Peter Battered Her Wife For 12 Hours

Jasmine at the Nairobi Hospital/ Photo Courtesy of The Star Newspaper

April 3rd 2012 (The Star Newspaper)  – The Cameroonian accused of savagely battering his

23-year-old wife in Kileleshwa has been arrested. Dokta Peter

Longa was arrested in one of his houses within Kileleshwa on Friday and is expected in court today according to the police.

Dokta Peter Longa,

Nairobi provincial police commander Antony Kibuchi confirmed the suspect was apprehended and locked behind police cells following an immigration alert that the man was likely to live the country. “He (Longa) is scheduled to appear in Kibera Court on Monday. Investigators have already drafted several charges,” said Kibuchi.

Jasmine Abdalla Shariff recorded a statement with the police claiming Longa had battered her for 12 hours and left her bleeding profusely. She went to the police accompanied by her relatives, human rights and an advocate. Brian Weke of Cradle Kenya said Jasmine was traumatized a week after being treated and discharged from the Nairobi Hospital.

He said the organization had moved her from their matrimonial home to a safer custody as they await the court pro

cess. The woman in her statement with the police police claimed she was beaten and left for dead. She said Longa left her with neck injuries and she was bleeding from the ears and had body bruises including a glass cut on one of her feet.

According to human rights officials, the business tycoon is alleged to have called Jasmine as she was recording a statement with the police and offered to buy her out with Sh2.5million if she withdrew the case against him.

Weke said they were looking at the possibilities of safeguarding the interests of the woman’s children including an eight-months old baby following the marital row. “With the help of other human rights organs we are making efforts to move the lady from their home in Kileleshwa to a safer place. We also have to ensure the interests of the childen are taken care of,” he said on Friday.

Police on Friday opened investigations after the complain was recorded and they visited Nairobi Hospital as they trailed the tycoon believed to have immense business interests in the country.

The case has also attracted organizations such as Coalition of Violence Against Women(COVAW), whose executive director, Saida Ali, also urged the police to ensure the foreigner is charged for the heinous attack.

” We demand that the police arrest and charge the man so that he serves as a lesson to any person engaging in domestic violence. It is not about what amount of money he can give her, but the fact that he should not be allowed to do that to any human being,” the COVAW executive director said. Longa has houses in Westlands and Kileleshwa Estates.

http://www.the-star.co.ke/national/national/69401-cameroonian-wife-batterer-faces-court

Following news of the battering,  FIDA Kenya issued a statement condemning the act and blames the police for theri inaction on such cases, below is a statement issued by FIDA Kenya

It is with immense shock that FIDA Kenya has learnt of the heinous acts meted upon a hapless woman by her husband on Friday 23rd March 2012 as reported in the Star Newspaper, 29th March 2012 edition.

Considering the acts of violence as described in the newspaper and the descriptive photograph it is quite clear that the husband has no respect for women.

The barbaric nature of how he meted out the violence is especially chilling. What is more disturbing is the apparent reluctance by the police to act on the perpetrator of the violence for it is reported that they called the assailant instead of booking the report.

The police Act stipulates among others that the Kenya police has the responsibility to

  • Maintain law and order
  • Protect life and property
  • Prevent and detect crime and to
  • Apprehend offenders

We are, thus, both disturbed and disappointed at the conduct of the Kenya police on this case. The Kenyan Government has both international and constitutional obligations to provide protection against violence for all.

FIDA Kenya calls upon the Kenya Police to conduct speedy investigations into the matter with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.

FIDA Kenya has been lobbying for the enactment of a domestic violence law in Kenya since 1997 and there has been strong opposition to the same. We hope that this event and the latest events in the country will convince parliamentarians on the need for the Family Protection Bill and that the passage of this law will be fast tracked by the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution and the National Assembly.

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2 Responses

  1. Good for him, men must respect women

  2. Honestly that creature who beat this lady must be mentally unwell. Why not just part ways if you cannot live with her. What makes things even worse is the fact that there is a child involved.

    I wish her the best and I pray that she gets the strength to move on. I pray that God keeps her safe. Human life is God given and it is for this reason that you cannot attach 2.5 million to it.

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