Two chiefs busted keeping watch as police officer defiles 16-year-old girl

By Alfred Maina On Thu, 16 Jul, 2020 13:14 | 2 mins read
Tanzania’s anti-corruption agency (Takururu) said the suspect, who is the head-teacher at Nyaregete Primary School, lured the learner into the guest house after promising to help her pass her final exams. [PHOTO | FILE]
Tanzania’s anti-corruption agency (Takururu) said the suspect, who is the head-teacher at Nyaregete Primary School, lured the learner into the guest house after promising to help her pass her final exams. [PHOTO | FILE]
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    The victim said while inside the forest, her defiler plucked leaves from a tree, spread them on the ground and forced her to lie on them.

An assistant chief in Kangema Constituency, Murang’a County has been arrested on allegations of conspiring with an administration police officer to actualise a minor’s sexual abuse.

The administrator and another assistant chief are alleged to have kept guard as the police officer defiled a 16-year-old girl in Aberdare Forest at Mwisho wa Raha area on Tuesday night (July 14).

Residents say on the ordeal date, they saw the police officer luring the minor into the forest as the alleged defiler’s accomplices — the two assistant chiefs — kept watch on the roadside.

The minor, a Form Three student, told police that the AP officer had asked to meet her near Aberdare Forest.

“He said I had sneered at him, and, therefore, wanted to iron out issues with me,” said the girl.

“When I went to meet him at the Aberdare Forest allée, he asked me to accompany him deeper into the thicket, assuring me that nothing bad would happen because the assistant chiefs were there to protect me,” said the teenager.

The victim said while inside the forest, her defiler plucked leaves from a tree, spread them on the ground and forced her to lie on them.

“He, thereafter, ordered me to undress. He also took off his clothes, unwrapped a condom, wore it and forcefully penetrated me. While in the act, he removed the condom from his manhood and continued sexually abusing me without protection.”

Curious residents, who had seen the teenager entering the forest in the company of the AP officer, stormed the scene and roughed up one of the assistant chiefs. The other administrator and the key suspect managed to escape to unknown destinations upon realising that the locals were baying for their blood.

Following the resultant melee, police officers arrived at the scene and rescued the apprehended chief, who was on the verge of being lynched.

The minor was later Tuesday night taken to a Kangema hospital, where it was confirmed that she had been defiled.

On Wednesday morning (July 15), the irate residents took to the streets to protest against the incident, accusing police officers of shielding their colleague, “who has been ruining our children’s lives”.

Kangema Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner, Agnes Kaloki, confirmed that one of the assistant chiefs has been arrested, whereas the other administrator and the key suspect are being hunted.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha, who toured Murang’a County on Wednesday, condemned the incident, assuring locals that justice would be served should it be proven that the AP officer had defiled the minor.

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