A 21-year-old student at Kibabii University is receiving treatment at the Bungoma West Hospital in Kanduyi after she was raped in the wee hours of Friday.
The Third-Year Bachelor of Science (Renewable Energy and Bio-Fuels Technology) learner was sexually assaulted by a lone assailant at around 5am 200 meters from her rented house in Kibabii, Bungoma Town.
The victim is said to have been heading home in the company of her friends after spending a night out at an entertainment joint in Bungoma Town, when the aggressor confronted them.
Her friends managed to escape, but she did not.
The student says the man raped and, thereafter, severed her left arm from her body. The attacker then tied a barbed wire on the then-bleeding stem of the upper limb.
The victim’s arm was, on Friday at 6am, found wrapped in her bra and thrown on the roof of a house in the neighbourhood.
Zaituni Shaban, a Kibabii resident, who first spotted the arm, said that her husband reported the shocking discovery to police, who arrived and took the arm with them.
“At 5am, we heard a woman screaming for help, but my husband and I feared responding to the distress call. Later, 6am, I went out of the house, and when I looked on a neighbour’s roof, I saw something that resembles a human being’s arm wrapped in a bra, and thrown there. When the arm was removed from the roof by police, we confirmed that it belonged to a human being,” said Zaituni, adding: “We later learnt that the limb was that of a neighbour, a Third-Year student at Kibabii University.”
The victim, who hails from Kirinyaga County, was on Friday morning taken to the Bungoma West Hospital in critical condition.
Confirming the incident, Dr Martin Mbati of the Bungoma West Hospital said that the victim was wheeled into the hospital while unconscious.
“The woman’s left arm was completely severed from her body. She had lost a lot of blood,” said Dr Mbati. “She is currently in the theatre where we are managing the injuries. However, it will be impossible to reattach the victim’s arm.” The medic added that the victim was in a stable condition.
There has been an increase in crime rate in Kibabii area, with residents claiming that at least six women, a majority of them being university students, have been raped by unknown people in the last three months.
“Sexual abuse of women in Kibabii has been rampant of late. The last three months have been horrible,” said Mrs Zaituni.
Police have commenced investigations into the matter, with the suspect remaining at large.