A pupil at Keese Primary School in Trans Nzoia County is nursing injuries after a pastor who is attached to Reformed Church of East Africa (RCEA) chopped off her finger following a row over the school land.
The church which is the sponsor of the school has been in dispute with the management of the institution over ownership of a playing field that has seen pupils barred from engaging in sporting activities.
“We were clearing grass on the field in readiness for games when the pastor approached me from behind and chopped my finger using a slasher,” Lucy Chebet who lost her finger in the incident said.
The school head teacher, Thomas Masika, said the dispute which has raged for long had greatly affected the learners who are facing it rough in participating in co-curricular activities as required.
“It is said that the man of God resorted to such acts of harming the girl while advancing the interests of the church with regard to laying claim to the land. We call for justice for the innocent girl,” Makokha said.
Parents called on law enforcement agencies to bring the pastor to book for taking the law in his hands saying the affected girl must be compensated since the law does not allow one to assault anyone.
“We want the pastor to be arrested and arraigned in court to answer to charges of assault. The fact that there is a land dispute does not give him the right to go around assaulting learners as has been the case,” Everline Namaswa said.
The parents also called on the ministry of Lands and Education to expedite the resolution of the land dispute which is now posing a threat to the learners who have been caught up in the middle of the feud.