Gang ‘orders’ women to stop wearing trousers
Published on February 2, 2008, 12:00 am
By Anthony Gitonga
A gang of youths in Naivasha is harassing women wearing trousers.
The gang has vowed to ensure women wear skirts and dresses only.
At the Naivasha bus terminus, women spotted wearing trousers were flushed out of matatus and ordered to “dress properly”.
“African women are not supposed to wear trousers and we want to ensure it stays that way in Naivasha,” said one youth who did not want to be named.
A lady who fell victim to the marauding thugs narrated how fellow women rescued her when she walked into a trap laid by the thugs.
“I had just alighted from a matatu, having kept off the town for the past week, only to be confronted by a group of men yelling that I remove my trousers,” said Miriam Wairimu, a student at a local computer college.
“I ran for my life as the gang pursued me until some women rescued me. I was then given a skirt to wear inside a tailor’s shop,” said Wairimu.
She termed the action an affront on women’s dignity.
Police, who appear overwhelmed by rising incidents of violence, were nowhere as the gang continued to humiliate women.
“It is inconceivable that in this era and age, some crude people can decide what women should wear. These are criminals who should be arrested and prosecuted,” said Jane Mbugua, a local businesswoman.
The town was hit by a wave of violence four days ago that left more than 40 people dead. Another 8,000 people were displaced and are camping at the local prison and police stations.
Naivasha police boss, Mr Willy Lugusa, was not immediately available for comment.