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Kisumu GBV centre staff on spot for allegedly slitting househelp’s wrist

In Summary

  • The incident was captured on video by the victim’s employer and shared on Facebook.
  • The case will be heard in March 2022.

A paralegal officer in Mambolea area of Kisumu East sub-County is on the spot after she was caught on camera assaulting her neighbour’s housegirl.

Grace Aketch, a paralegal working with the Centre for International Health, Education and Biosecurity (CIHEB-Kenya), but attached to the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) Gender-Based Violence Centre, is on the receiving end of residents’ wrath.

According to the residents, it is a startling irony that Aketch who is supposed to be at the forefront of the fight against GBV is the very person promoting the vice in society.

Aketch was on Tuesday arraigned in court to answer to charges of causing bodily harm to Beryl Achieng.

The viral confrontation

In the video that is making rounds on social media, a machete-wielding woman – believed to Aketch, is heard accusing the househelp of insulting her.

She is then seen hitting the defenseless house help amid vocal altercations and when one of the shocked neighbours summons the house help, Aketch is seen following her with threats of doing more harm to her.

After the incident that left the victim with serious bruises on her hand, Achieng went to seek medical attention after reporting the matter to kondele Police Station so that the matter could be followed up.

Achieng’ also went to report the matter to JOOTRH, she was shocked to see her alleged perpetrator seated at the gender desk where she was supposed to file for a P3 form.

As of now, Achieng’ and her employer are living in fear owing to the threats they reportedly received from Aketch. They are doubtful that justice will prevail, owing to the influence the alleged perpetrator wields.

Suspect pleads not guilty…

Meanwhile, Aketch pleaded not guilty to the charge, with Winam Law Courts Senior Resident Magistrate Chrispine Oruo releasing her on a cash bail of KSh10,000 with an alternative bond of KSh30,000.

The prosecution has lined up five witnesses to testify in the case.

The case will be heard on March 2, 2022.


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