My father defiled me – admits girl
As over 1.6 million candidates prepare to sit for the 2017 KCPE exams, a 16-year-old girl is at home nursing her baby but shockingly, the baby belongs to her biological father.
The minor revealed the disgraceful news to her mother, aunt and nurses at a private hospital in Mogotio, Nakuru County while giving birth.
She accused her 43-year-old father Wilson Kigen of repeatedly defiling her at Kapsetek village where they were living together after he took her custody.
Joyce Chirchir, an aunt to the minor said she could not believe her ears when her niece narrated her predicament in the hands of her father during labour at the hospital.
“It is a taboo and abomination to sleep with your daughter, son or relative. We are in a dilemma because the son cannot be named after the father.” She said in tears.
The minor said she was defiled by the accused in October last year at his house.
“After completing house chores, I used to revise but my father would pick unnecessary quarrels accusing me of being irresponsible before dragging me to his bedroom.” She said.
According to the minor’s mother Philemon Birir, they had separated with the suspect when the daughter was a toddler but he came for her and promised to cater for education.
“This is my lowest moment since I was born. It is very shameful to have my ex-husband impregnate my daughter,” Birir said while tears rolled down her checks.
The minor added that, her father told her that since the mother was a single parent, he was not her biological father.
“I could cry the whole night but that did not deter him from sleeping with me.” She said.
The minor said she informed Kigen’s relatives but they too turned hostile, and warned her that she could be killed.
She was forced to flee the home and stay with her sister in Mogotio, at the boarder of Nakuru and Baringo counties.
“My father became hostile and said he would kill me if I informed anybody about the crime. I was living in fear,” she said.
Being a candidate, she informed her school head teacher at Kapsatek primary school Ms Anne Kokwon but did not reveal the father was responsible for fear of rejection.
Kokwon advised her to give birth and later continue with her education.
“I was traumatized by the act. I feel ashamed that my father is the father of my son.” She added.
Ms Kokwon said the minor was among best performing pupils at the school, who hold bright future.
“I realized the girl was behaving in an abnormal manner. When she informed me that she was expectant, I told her deliver and come back to sit for exam,” said the head teacher.
The mother described the girl as disciplined and caring, who had promised to take care of her after completing her studies.
“My girl has always taken instructions and I had high expectations in her because she was focused,” she said.
The family wants action to be taken against the suspect who went into hiding moments after the girl gave birth and revealed the truth.
“My jobless mother is languishing in poverty. I would like the government to take action against my father who should also be responsible of raising the baby,” said the minor.
Mogotio OCPD Patrick Ng’ang’a said police have launched investigations to arrest the suspect and charge him in court.
“Police manhunt has been launched to arrest and bring the suspect to book and arraign him in court,” said the OCPD.
According to Nakuru County Children Coordinator Abdi Yusuf cases of incest and defilement are on the increase.
He pointed out that, the shocking trend is that they are perpetrated by close family members including fathers, guardian, relatives and close family friends.
“Strangers are not involved in sexual crimes. Close relatives and people trusted mostly are the main criminals behind the vices,” says Yusuf.