Former Kamukunji OCS Chief Inspector Samir Yunus has been charged in a Nairobi court with raping a policewoman at Dandora Police Station three years ago.
Mr Yunus is accused of perpetrating the assault when he was the boss at the police station in blatant abuse of his position on June 15, 2019.
However, Mr Yunus denied the offence before Milimani Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo. His lawyer, Mr David Ayuo, applied for him to be released on reasonable bond terms, arguing that he is a senior police officer who is still in service.
The former OCS had been out on Sh10,000 bond.
“l urge this court to free the suspect who is a senior police officer to go back and continue with his duty of protecting property and Kenyans,” Mr Ayuo said, adding that the cop will not interfere with witnesses in the matter as he is aware of the consequences.
The prosecution, through Mr Anderson Gikunda, did not oppose his release on bond.
The former OCS was arrested this week following a 2020 directive by the Inspector General of Police to IAU to investigate his conduct after female officers from Kamukinji and Dandora police stations complained that he was using his position to sexually harass them.
One officer particularly accused Inspector Samir of raping her and performing an unnatural act with her.
Upon completion of the investigations, the unit recommended that he be charged with rape but upon reviewing the file, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) recommended that he be charged with abuse of office contrary to section 249 (2) (a) of the Sexual Offences Act.
When the allegations first came up in 2020, tens of female officers recorded statements but action was not taken against the officer. Instead he was transferred to Pangani Police Station and later to Mombasa Police Station which was viewed as a promotion going by the size of the station.
The Independent Policing and Oversight Authority (IPOA) also launched investigations into the allegations at the time.
The Nation has learnt that the action against the officer was sanctioned by Inspector General Japhet Koome who has promised to address impunity, arbitrariness and cases of human rights violations within the National Police Service.
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