Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Mohamed Amin has launched a specialized squad to address the alarming increase in femicide cases across Kenya. The squad, comprised of trained investigators and forensic experts, aims to expedite investigations and prevent further atrocities against women.

The formation of the anti-femicide squad comes in response to the profiling of at least 20 new femicide cases, including the tragic murder of university student Rita Waeni. Amin emphasized the urgency of addressing femicide, pledging full support and resources to the team to ensure swift action against perpetrators.

Between 2021 and 2024, 94 cases of women and girls killings were reported to the DCI, resulting in 65 arrests. Amin urged the public to provide information to aid investigations and apprehend suspects, highlighting the vital role of community involvement in combating femicide.

The link between femicide and sexual violence underscores the urgency of addressing both issues comprehensively. Interior Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo, along with other government officials, convened to discuss strategies for protecting women against predators and addressing the crisis.

The campaign against femicide has garnered support from various quarters, including diplomatic missions and civil society organizations.

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