Kenyan 7s player among 2 men charged with 'gang rape' of singer
A Kenyan 7s player is among two men who have been formally arrested and charged with the gang rape of an up-and-coming singer in Kenya.
World Series Sevens player Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba – also a rugby player – have been accused of rape by singer Wendy Kemunto following a birthday party in February. Ms Kemunto says she is now pregnant following the alleged assault.
The players have been jointly charged, that on the 11th of February they raped the singer at an apartment complex in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, after the DPP ordered their arrests.
Both players maintain their innocence and claim that the sex was consensual.
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Ms. Kemunto aired her accusations of rape on Instagram, writing the ‘professional rugby’ players were too strong to resist.
Wanyama was suspended by his club, Kenya Harlequins pending investigations by Kenyan police.
Earlier in the month the Kenyan Rugby Union released a statement on the matter.
“The Kenya Rugby Union ( KRU) has been made aware of reports about alleged sexual misconduct involving a contracted Kenya Sevens player.
“The matter will be reviewed as soon as practicable by the KRU, in line with existing procedures for all contracted players.
“It is also important to note that with a report having been made to law enforcement authorities, the KRU cannot comment further about the allegations pending the outcome of investigations.
“KRU wishes to state that it does not condone sexual harassment or any other activity that goes against the spirit of World Rugby Regulation 20 and remains committed to continued respect, empowerment and increased participation of women in all aspects of the sport of rugby.”
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