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Monday, 27 Feb 2017 16:59 EAT
The family of a 13-year old girl who was defiled in Katine village, Matungulu Sub County in Machakos in April 2016 is calling on the government to intervene in their case. The girl, who was in Standard Five at that time, had gone to fetch firewood when the alleged rapist, a married man in the village, approached her.
The man identified as Joseph Muia allegedly told the girl he had always admired her, then started touching her indecently before undressing and raping her. He then told the girl after the ordeal that she should continue fetching firewood, and never to disclose the incident to anyone, promising that he would marry her as a second wife.
The girl conceived out of the rape and gave birth last December. The girl's mother says she became suspicious after the girl missed her monthly periods that is when she decided to take her for pregnancy tests. The mother persuaded her to disclose the father but she remained adamant to name the man.
The girl would later reveal the suspected man while she was giving birth whereby the mother decided to make a follow up on the man. "Even after I took her for pregnancy test, she had refused to tell me the name of the man responsible. I gave her time and it was when she was in labour pains that she decided to open up to me," said the mother Lydia Mbondo.
Ms Mbondo pointed out that the alleged man, who is a well known local contractor and a church elder, has been sending letters to her from his lawyer demanding for an apology for defamatory remarks that he impregnated her daughter. She said the man has been threatening her after she reported the case at the Tala Police Post but the police are yet to take any action on Mr Muia, who walks free in the region even as she struggles to fend for her daughter and grandchild.
"After my daughter gave birth, Muia sent me a letter demanding an apology alleging that I was ruining his good name. After that he started threatening me and I reported the matter to Tala Police Post and no action has been taken on him. I want justice for my daughter," said Ms Mbondo.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press