Time has marched on. A class 8 girl who was allegedly defiled and impregnated by a school head teacher, a neighbor, well-known to her in December 2017 gave birth a-week ago as she and her family wait for justice.
When the Standard started making follow-ups on the case 6 months back, Makueni County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed assured us that he child will be assisted to report the case to police and a court proceeding follow, but “Mumbua”-a pen name to protect the victim’s identity, has received no justice.
Yesterday when we visited her, we found she had walked to Kilala dispensary, in Ukia ward, Kaiti constituency, Makueni County, a facility located about 15 kilometers away. We waited since morning till 2pm when she appeared, holding her 7-day-old baby on her chest, no carrier, tired and sweating out the scorching sun, with no umbrella. The errant teacher had allegedly dragged the girl into his house when his wife was away before defiling her with a Sh50 reward to buy her innocence. However, it turned out later that she was pregnant following suspicion from her female teachers necessitating them to send her to the clinic for a compulsory pregnancy test which turned positive.
According to the girl, the teacher had defiled her severally from his office in 2017 threatening her not to reveal owing his position when he used to teach her class Swahili before he was transferred to a near-by school. This would often happen later in the evening when other pupils had left school in false pretense of “special” attention to brighten the girl’s future.
When “Mumbua” pseudonym (pictured above), recollected, she narrated that the teacher had soiled her dream of becoming a doctor saying even if she will go back to school in October to sit for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), she might not perform as before. “I wanted to become a doctor but now my dreams have gone into flames, although, I may go back to school to sit for my KCPE examination papers but I might not perform as I anticipated”, said “Mumbua” amid cries of the baby with momentarily cutting the interview to breastfeed it.
The distressed girl, fifth born in a family of six, often has her fellow pupil taunt her of her current condition as they pass-by from school which is 300 meters away something that has affected her self-esteem. The mother of the girl, Ann Nduku John (pictured), says the girl fell a victim of sexual exploitation at the hands of the government employee due to their low family status adding that her daughter’s ambitions of acquiring a university degree were “shattered”. However, she added that 9 months later, her daughter remains in distraught state. She has always being in nightmares.