Two children rescued from cruel father’s torture in Matete

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Mrs. Sarah Navalayo Sirengo when she spoke to the media in her office at Kaburengu
Mrs. Sarah Navalayo Sirengo when she spoke to the media in her office at Kaburengu

Two children from Matete Sub County in Kakamega have been rescued from the hands of their father who has been torturing them by mercilessly beating and burning them and denying them food.

According to the officer in charge of Centre for legal Aid and advisory service under the icare organization based at Kaburengu in Matete Mrs. Sarah Navalayo Sirengo, the two, a boy and a girl aged nine and three years respectively were found malnourished with scars and fresh wounds all over their bodies.

She said their father Lucas Shiundu, had confined them in the house where he has been torturing them by beating them daily and even burning them using a hot metal.

Despite causing them serious body injuries he never bothered taking them to hospital and he instead locked them in house without food.

According to Mrs. Sirengo, the children’s mother died in 2016 leaving behind the two children. The the boy was six years old while the girl was two months old and their uncle Timothy Wanyama Wafula agreed to take care of them.

However in July this year Mr. Lucas Shiundu demanded to take the children so that he could take care of them himself before he turned beastly and started torturing them.

One child showing some of the injuries caused by their father
One child showing some of the injuries caused by their father

The incident attracted attention of neighbours who tipped off the local administration and officials from the organization who took swift action to rescue the two children. “We worked closely with the assistant chief to rescue these children from their merciless father,” said Mrs. Sirengo.

She said her organization was working closely with police officers from Matete station and their colleagues in Misemwa across in the neighbouring Bungoma County where Shiundu is said to have another wife to establish the truth behind the boy’s allegation as well as to arrest the suspect who is still at large. “We are working so hard to ensure the suspect is apprehended and a legal action taken against him, this kind of torture to the innocent children is unacceptable,” said Mrs. Sirengo.

Currently the children are have been taken back to their uncle Timothy Wanyama Wafula at Muhomo village in Chevaywa location.