A woman in Kericho has landed herself in trouble after detectives found that she falsely accused her area chief of raping her after her husband discovered the two were having a clandestine sexual affair.
The woman identified as Mercy from Kimasian location filed a report at Londiani police station on Tuesday afternoon claiming that the chief stormed her homestead earlier in the day and ordered her out of the house.
She alleged that when she obliged, the chief forced her into a nearby maize farm where he raped her repeatedly.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) immediately arrested the chief and launched a probe against him.
But investigations into the matter revealed that Mercy and the local administrator had been having an affair since July, which spiraled out of control after her husband stumbled onto text messages between them.
“The Londiani-based sleuths discovered that Mercy and the Chief had indeed been in a relationship and for a period of time, they had been exchanging missives laced with sweet nothings,” DCI said in a report.
“On the day the chief is alleged to have forced himself on Mercy, the two were in constant communication and had agreed to meet at their usual place.”
“Let’s meet hapo mahindi yenu,” one of the messages sent by the chief on Sunday reads.
On Tuesday, the chief sent another saying “nimekuwekea kitu tupatane I give you.” The message was in reference to an MPesa transaction of Sh327 that the chief had made to the woman.
“It is these secret messages and others dating as far much back as August, that Mercy’s husband stumbled upon, and discovered that his wife had been secretly having steamy encounters with the chief in a nearby maize plantation, that provided perfect cover for their illicit activities.”
“In order to get back at the chief, Mercy was compelled to file a trumped-up report against him,” DCI added.
Detectives also found inconsistencies in the woman’s story after visiting the alleged scene of the crime.
“The investigators also retrieved Mpesa transactions detailing how the woman had been receiving money from the chief after every illicit encounter they had, since July,” the report adds.
The husband is also said to have tried to lure the chief into meeting the woman again in order to trap him before the police report was filed.
DCI warned members of the public against making such false allegations against individuals.