Two culprits who have committed heinous sexual abuse crimes, targeting pupils of Grassland Primary School in Kitale, Trans Nzoia, have been arrested. The two were escorted to Kitale Police Station, where they were handed over to the criminal department as investigations commenced. This comes after revelations that pupils at the school were engaged in rampant homosexuality. Kitale Municipality Chief Mr. Charles Namunyu together with his counterpart from Matisi location Janet Mukhwana enforced the decision after a public outcry, with the to suspects accused of taking advantage of pupils and luring them to acts of sodomy. “We wanted the arrest to be under the radar because we knew residents might’ve caused a stir,” said Namunyu.
The two are allegedly key figures of a suspected sect that are perpetuating the tragic sexual acts, that includes other people who are luring school children in the area and surrounding areas. The arrest came after condemnation from different quarters, led by activist Kefa Were on Monday. Were said some people have taken advantage of the prevalent poverty and have decided to abuse children, who are lured away, given illicit brew and are then sexually abused by the culprits.
Last week, Grassland Primary Headteacher Mr. Wahome Ngunyi admitted that sexual and drug abuse cases were getting out of hand and were messing up the education standard and the future prospects of the pupils, adding that as a result, more time is spent in guiding and counselling instead of learning, “We’ve done our best to instill discipline and guidance, but it hasn’t worked so far,” he said. He disclosed that last year, one pupil reported to school while drunk, and it turned out he was the one recruiting other pupils to the heinous ring.
Parents also weren’t spared, as it turns out they condone brewing of illicit brew and involve their children in the brewing and selling of the illicit liquor. The sentiments were confirmed by some pupils who said they had been allowed to take part in the brewing of chang’aa, and busaa in the slums. “During lunch time, we take busaa and after school sessions, we assist our parents when it comes to selling illicit brew and even bhang,” said one pupil.