Rugby players rape conviction quashed, court orders retrial

Written By: Margaret Kalekye

Alex Alaba and Frank Wanyama were found guilty of gang raping a young female musician at an apartment

Two Kenyan rugby players sentenced to 15 years each in jail after being found guilty of gang rape can breathe a sigh of relief after the sentence was quashed over a technicality.

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The case against the players will now be heard afresh. This is after the high court ordered for a pretrial saying that there is no evidence that one witness who testified in the case took an oath or not.

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The two will now be required to take plea afresh before the 7th of July this year.

Alex Olaba and Frank Wanyama were found guilty of gang-raping a young female musician at a Nairobi apartment.

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They were sentenced in August 2019

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Wanyama and Olaba are said to have committed the offence at Seefar apartments in Highrise, Nairobi on February 11, 2018.

In her statement to the police, the woman claimed that on the fateful day, which was her birthday, she attended a party in Kilimani where the two rugby players were present.

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She notes that she only knew one of the two rugby players and after a night of merry-making, she went home with them.

It was then, she claims, that they took advantage of her intoxicated state and raped her repeatedly, refusing to take no for an answer.


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