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Quins statement on Wanyama, Olaba
By Raga House | Fri 16 Aug, 2019 17:14

Kenya Harlequin moved to release a statement on Friday afternoon after two of their players, Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba, were jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of gang-raping a woman in 2018.

Quins say they do 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 Harlequin will remain a family and community club where all are welcome."

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Wanyama and Olaba formed a crucial part of the Ngong road-based rugby side after joining from Strathmore Leos and have gone ahead to play for the Kenya rugby 7s team. 

Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku sentenced the duo on Friday, one week after finding them guilty in Milimani. They have 14 days to lodge an appeal through their lawyers.

"To respect the legal process, Kenya Harlequin FC was unable to comment on this case until 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," continued Quins.

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"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."

Nairobi News reported that "The Court said looking at all evidence and mitigation, a custodial sentence would be appropriate." 

Wanyama and Olaba were accused of raping a woman at Highrise Estate, Seefar Towers, Nairobi in February 2018 on her birthday. 

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