School girls targeted in new wave of gang rape in Busia and Kisumu counties

Butula sub-county OCPD Stephen Wambua dressing journalists to confirm a rape case. He said that the defilers will be arrested and brought to book.Picture: Charles Ojiambo
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Authorities in Busia and Kisumu counties are concerned with the rising cases of gang rape targeting school girls.

Towards the end of last year, two cases were reported in Ahero in Kisumu County and in Butula, Busia County among many others that went unreported on the eve of the long school holidays.

In both cases, the perpetrators waylaid the school girls in their neighbourhoods and attacked them.

In the Ahero case, one of the five suspects, who was a boda-boda (bicycle/motorbike) taxi operator, was arrested and charged in court, while his accomplices are still at large.

In Butula, a Form Four student was defiled by six men while going to school in the morning.

The girl, a student at Bwaliro Secondary School in Elugulu Ward whose identity cannot be revealed, was waylaid by the men who defiled her and left her for dead.

She was taken to hospital where she received treatment and allowed to go back to school to continue with her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.

When contacted, Butula Sub-county police boss Stephen Wambua, confirmed the incident and said they were investigating and when identified the perpetrators would be arrested and charged in court.

“It’s true we received a report of a Form Four student was defiled in the morning as she was going to school. We have launched investigations and the suspects will be arrested and charged in a court of law with the heinous offence,” explained Wambua.

Attempts to get a comment from the survivor’s parents were futile as they declined to be interviewed.

Butula Sub-county has had a bad record of gang-rapes with the worst case being of a Standard Six girl from Tingolo who in 2013was gang-raped by six men and thrown into a pit at night.

Her ordeal attracted international attention and led to the arrest of two suspects including a primary schoolboy.

Elsewhere, a middle age man from Bukalama in Matayos Sub-county, Busia County is being sought by the police after impregnating two primary school girls from Busibwabu.

According to Nasira Sub-location sub-chief Silas Aloi, the suspect, Eric Wanambiro, who owns a shop at Busibwabu market is accused of impregnating two pupils, one in Standard Eight and another one in Standard Seven, who are all pupils at Busibwabu Primary School.

“In fact the Standard Eight girl did not sit for her KCPE exam because of the pregnancy but the Standard Seven girl, whose pregnancy was six months at the time managed to do her Standard Seven examinations and she has been promoted to Standard Eight.”

According to the sub-chief, the shopkeeper used money and gifts to lure the innocent girls to have sex with him in a maize plantation and under trees,

“The girls said he would give them some little money to lure them to have sex with him,” explained Aloi

He added: “The moment he heard that we were looking for him he went into hiding. We are still looking for him and the matter has been reported to the police.”

Also in Butula Sub-county, a frustrated parent is calling on the police to arrest and prosecute a 25-year-old man who allegedly impregnated his Form Two daughter.

Joseph Achari Agunya wants the police to take action against the suspect, who is also related to him, for impregnating his daughter who is going to Form Four this year.

“My daughter did’ not know that she was related to him but he knew very well. I already paid for her school fees for this year and next year and the only debt I have is for Form Four,” said the agitated parent.  “I am ready to take care of her until she finishes school and I want the police to arrest this man and charge him.”

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