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Senior KDF officer arrested for defiling minor

The witness was attracted by screams from the suspect's house, and when she went to check out what the matter was she saw a trail of blood from the house. She immediately moved to inform the police who came in and took the minor to a nearby hospital.

By Martha Kwambokamkwamboka@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 14 Jul 2016 21:08 EAT

A senior KDF officer in Gilgil has been arrested for defiling a 13-year old girl who is now fighting for her life in a private hospital. The minor, who worked as a house help for the suspect, was rushed to hospital while bleeding profusely from her private parts after she was repeatedly defiled by the officer.

The officer was arrested by the police as the area leaders condemned the incident while demanding for justice for the minor.

A witness whose identity has been held for security purposes said that the couple who have been housing the minor were living in GG estate near Gilgil. The couple had left in the morning for their workplace when the suspect returned and repeatedly abused the minor leaving her helpless.

The witness added that neighbours were attracted by screams from the suspect's house, and when she went to check out what the matter was she saw a trail of blood from the house. She immediately moved to inform the police who came in and took the minor to a nearby hospital.

Eunice Njuguna, who is a children’s officer in Gilgil, confirmed the incident and said that the minor was in great pain but under medication. She further said that the children's department is seeking for a safe-house where the girl would be housed while recovering as they look for her parents.

Gilgil OCPD Sarah Koki confirmed the arrest of the KDF officer adding that he will be charged with various offences in court.
Meanwhile, the director of children affairs in the county Yusuf Sheikh Abdi has expressed concern over increased cases of child abuse and neglect in the region.

Speaking after touring the newly opened Naivasha Child Protection Center, Abdi identified Naivasha and Gilgil sub-counties as the most affected by the cases. He said that in the just concluded financial year, the county recorded over 11,000 cases with Naivasha sub-county leading at 2,750.

Elsewhere in Embu two teenage girls have forgiven their fathers for defiling them. A 15 year-old girl who was later infected with HIV said that she is over the ordeal now and looking forward to a good future.

The other girl, who was impregnated by her father, said she had forgiven the father too and looks at life in a positive way.

The girls, who are in secondary school, spoke during the World population Day celebrations at the Embu University College grounds. The girls said they had decided to share their experience with the fellow students who attended the event so as to discourage them from engaging in early sex.

Meanwhile, police in Kapsabet are holding a 17 year old boy who is said to have abducted and sexually abused six children before killing them.

The arrest came after the bodies of two children aged 12 and 11, who had been reported missing, were discovered by residents. Some villagers claimed that one of the missing boys was seen with the suspect on the very day when he disappeared.

The writer is a journalism student at Moi University currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press, specializing in health, crime and society issues.





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