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VP asked to probe sodomy claims in prison

Updated Wednesday, October 29th 2008 at 00:00 GMT +3

By Robert Wanyonyi

A human rights group wants Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka to launch investigation into alleged sodomy cases at the Bungoma GK Prison.

The Mwatikho National Rehabilitation Centre For Victims of Torture, issued a press statement in Bungoma town, on Tuesday, saying cases of sodomy and torture at the prison were on the rise.

Reacting to a story aired exclusively by KTN, last weekend, on an ex-remandee who claimed to have been sodomised for a month by a death-row convict, Mwatikho Executive-Director Nehemiah Mukubwa urged tough disciplinary measures against the perpetrators.

"The story of the young man was just a tip of the iceberg. There are much worse cases and we appeal to the VP to look into this and many other cases," he said.

Mukubwa said he was liasing with family members to have the victim counselled and given legal assistance to pursue his assailants.

And as the saga unfolded on Tuesday, senior prisons officers combed Bungoma town looking for the victim to re-arresting him.

Two of them went to an FM radio station looking for the victim, after the station interviewed him.

But reporters at the station declined to reveal his whereabouts.

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