An assistant Chief in Mwala Sub County has been arraigned before a Machakos court for allegedly defiling a class eight pupil.
Daniel Kisilu, who is Mithanga sub-location assistant chief, was arrested after he allegedly committed the offence on Friday last week.
The offence is in contravention to section 8(1) as read with section 8(2) of the Sexual Offences Act no. 3 of 2006.
However, Senior Resident Magistrate Charles Ondieki acceded to the prosecution’s plea to hold the local administrator at the Masii Police Station for a further seven days to allow for completion of investigations in the matter before the accused could take a plea next week.
The prosecution had earlier objected to releasing of the suspect on bail arguing he might interfere with investigations in the case due to his popularity in his home area.
Kisilu was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly defiled the 16-year-old girl late on Friday in Mithanga Vyula village, Mwala Sub County.
On Monday, Mwala Deputy County Commissioner Aphazard Gitonga told the press investigations into the incident had already commenced and that the chief would be arraigned in court once they were complete.
He, however, denied reports that the chief had been interdicted saying such a process can only be undertaken after the administrator is officially charged before a court of law and directions given from the headquarters to institute disciplinary procedures against him.
“Investigations into the incident have already begun after the matter was reported to us Sunday and once complete the suspect will be taken to court to answer to the charges. The minor is currently at the Kyawango Children Rescue Center,” said Gitonga.
It is reported that the suspect first lured the girl into a nearby thicket near the village on Friday evening where he had ferried her on his motorcycle before defiling her.
Reacting to the incident, Machakos County Children Officer Salome Muthama condemned the incident and vowed to follow up the case until justice is meted against the alleged perpetrator.
During this year’s celebrations to mark the Day of African Child, Mwala DCIO Catherine Kinoti called upon the public to take a decisive role in safeguarding the rights of children.
Kinoti nevertheless said her office would continue pursuing those preying on minors in the area to ensure justice is served for the victims especially during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has locked children out of school since March this year.
“We condemn with the strongest words those who are taking advantage of the ongoing COVID-pandemic to stalk after our boys and girls for sexual favours. But as security officers we shall use every legal means to ensure such persons are arrested and arraigned before the court to face justice,” she added.