• IPOA said investigations revealed that the officer of the rank of Constable raped a woman inside a holding cell.
• The ODPP concurred that there was sufficient evidence to charge the officer of rape and an additional charge of abuse of office.
A police officer is due in court on Wednesday in connection with a rape incident at Sega police post, Ukwala in Siaya county.
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) said investigations revealed that the officer of the rank of Constable raped a woman inside a holding cell.
The woman had been arrested on accusations of not wearing a face mask on April 12, 2021.
"On the strength of our investigations, it was recommended to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions that Police Constable Cosmas Chirchir be charged with the sexual offence," IPOA chairperson Anne Makori said in a statement.
She said upon the review of the case file, the ODPP concurred that there was sufficient evidence to charge the officer of rape and an additional charge of abuse of office.
"He is scheduled for arraignment at Ukwala Law courts to take plea for both charges," Makori said.
Elsewhere at the Bondo law courts, four police officers are due for arraignment Wednesday on various charges including assault and disobeying IPOA summons.
The assault case relate to an incident on December 7, 2016 that ended in one Samuel Odongo Okwero sustaining injuries.
The victim had been stopped by the four police officers for a routine check at Usenge Township in Siaya county.
"Constables Sammy Kirui of Kamagambo police station and Nicholas ndalo of Ukwala police station are scheduled to be charged with assualt, causing actual bodily harm," Makori said.
She said the two will be charged alongside Constables Daniel Kimori of Uriri police station and Felix Maobi of Isebania police station who face an extra charge of disobeying IPOA summons.
"ODPP further directed that an identification parade be conducted with the aim of identifying two other police officers who may have been involved in the assault," Makori said.
Police officers are required by law to use non-violent means first when instituting arrests.