Following the sentencing of two Rugby players, Alex Mahaga and Frank Wanyama, their club, Kenya Harlequins has finally broken it’s silence over the matter.
Mahaga and Wanyama were on Friday slapped with a 15-year imprisonment each after they were found guilty of gang raping a musician last year at the Highrise Estate.
According to Kenya Harlequins, their decision to break their silence on the matter has been informed by the fact that a verdict and determination of the case has already been arrived at.
In it’s statement, Harlequins have hinted that Mahaga and Wanyama will both lodge an appeal while at the same time insisting that it did not condone sexual violence against women.
Below is the statement by Quins
To respect the legal process, Kenya Harlequin FC was unable to comment on this case until after a verdict and determination was reached. This has been done and we respect the outcome of the legal proceeding. We thank our supporters for their patience and understanding.
As a club our role is to offer help and guidance to our members whether dealing with success or the utmost difficulties.
The legal system of this country provides for both the punishment and rehabilitation of every person who has been found guilty of a crime.
Kenya Harlequin FC does not condone any form of sexual violence and condemns rape and violence against women in the strongest terms possible. The club is aware that both players will be pursuing an appeal in the determination to clear their names. We trust that they will be accorded a fair hearing.
Kenya Harlequins will remain a Family and Community club where all are welcome.
The Club will make no further comment on this matter.