Harlequin rugby team players charged with gang rape


Two Harlequin rugby players alleged to have raped a woman after a party have been charged with gang rape.

Lawrence Frank Wanyama and Alex Mahaga Olaba were charged that on 11th February 2018 at Seefa apartments in Highrise area in Nairobi, intentionally raped a Kenyan singer.

The two were arrested on Friday 20th after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji directed they be prosecuted for rape. The DPP said there was sufficient evidence for the prosecution of the two.

They denied the charges before Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and were granted a bond of Sh 1 million or a cash bail of Sh 500,000.

The matter will be mentioned on 7th May and will be heard on 16th May 2018.

When questioned by police, the players denied the allegations saying they only had consensual sex with the complainant.

The officers at the DCI office summoned the two players on Friday afternoon and booked them in custody ahead of their arrangement.

They had been released on a police bail of Sh 50,000 each but the DCI refunded the money and had them re-arrested.

It is alleged that the complainant has been trying to extort money from the two when she realized that she was pregnant.

Drug allegations

It is alleged that the singer was a friend to Olaba and had agreed to go to his house after the birthday party which was held on 10th February rugby player had drugged and raped her that night together with his friend who was unknown to her.

“I was slipping in and out of consciousness maybe due to shock but I was helpless. I couldn’t fight two men who play rugby professionally, obviously they were stronger hence I let them do whatever they wanted to do the whole night,” she claimed.

She claimed that she could not report the matter to the police earlier because she was in denial, shock, pain, exhausted and also because of the profile of one of players.

The Kenya Rugby Union said it would handle the matter according to its policies adding that it does not condone sexual harassment.