By Dickson Macharia
A male teacher at Muvandori Day Secondary School in Embu North Sub-County accused of defiling and impregnating a 16-year-old girl studying at the institution, has been arrested.
The suspect, Moses Kimanthi, was arraigned at the Embu Law Courts on Tuesday, January 14, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement.
Senior Resident Magistrate Tony Kwambai released Kimanthi on a cash bail of Ksh50, 000 or a bond of Ksh100, 000 and a surety of a similar amount.
The case will be mentioned on January 28, and heard on March 30, 2020.
On Saturday, January 11, the mother of the teenager allegedly impregnated by Kimanthi called for the arrest of the tutor at Muvandori Day Secondary School, who was allegedly on the run at the time.
The woman, who is a widow and mother-of-three, said in late last year, Muvandori School Deputy Principal called and asked her to go pick her daughter from school and take her to hospital after the student collapsed and became unconscious.
The mother, who was widowed in 2016, said she went and took her daughter to hospital, where she was treated and discharged.
“My girl’s ailment persisted, and, I was, therefore, forced to take her to a different hospital, where tests revealed that she was pregnant,” the distressed mother told K24 Digital.
“When I asked my daughter to disclose who impregnated her, she said her computer teacher Moses Kimanthi,” said the mother.
The mother-and-daughter, thereafter, filed reports at Kibugu Police Station in regard to the alleged defilement that resulted in the pregnancy which is seven months old as at January 2020.
“It is really breaking my heart to see my daughter unable to attend school due to the pregnancy, whereas her schoolmates are going on with their studies,” said the mother.
“What is even worse, is that the man responsible for the pregnancy is yet to be arrested.”
On Saturday, police told K24 Digital that the computer teacher had not reported back to work, and that his phone signals were last traced to Meru, hence the delay in his arrest.
“We are yet to record a statement from him, given he is in hiding,” a police officer privy to the investigations told K24 Digital on Saturday.
In her statement to police, the girl said she got into a relationship with the said-teacher in early 2019 after she went for a computer learning trip in Nairobi in the company of the tutor.
“The teacher told me he would clear my school fee balance, and regularly look into my welfare,” said the teenager.
“When we returned to Embu, he invited me to his rented house in Manyatta Town, where he lured me into sex for the first time.
“After that day, the teacher would take sexual advantage of me every Sunday without using condoms. I conceived in June 2019, but came to know about the pregnancy much later. When I told the teacher that I was expectant, he became dismissive and threatened to kill me if I told anyone,” said the minor.
“My only prayer is that the man who impregnated me be arrested and charged in court,” added the 16-year-old.