A primary school teacher from Nyamira County is on the run after he allegedly defiled a 14-year old girl who was his pupil.
The girl is among the class eight candidates whose Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results were released last week.
Masaba North Deputy County Commissioner David Lusava said the matter was reported by parents of the young girl who had learned of the incident from their daughter.
Lusava said the family reported that they have been suspecting the teacher has been in a prolonged relationship with the girl but they confirmed it over the weekend after the girl confessed it.
“The issue was reported but unfortunately the teacher could not be apprehended because he had already escaped by the time action was being taken by the police. Family members reported the incident to the Police and already, efforts are being made to trace the suspect,” Lusava said.
The report comes as administrators raised concerns over the rising number of cases of sexual offences involving young school girls.
Chiefs from Nyamira County, through their umbrella body, the National Chiefs Forum said cases of defilement were on a worrying upward rise and vowed to work around the clock in ensuring families are talked to about taking care of children especially now when they are out of school.
Led by their Chairman Jane Matara who is also the National Chairman of the Forum, the Chiefs said families were hiding such matters especially when blood relatives are involved but asserted the administrators were on renewed strategy in dealing with the cases.
On his part, Lusava said the case which was reported from Gesima was the fourth from Masaba North over the last three days alone.
Two such cases were reported on Saturday where minors aged 16 and 12 were defiled and reports made to the police.
Another case involving a mentally challenged girl was also reported at the Keroka Police Station, but the suspect is also at large.
“This is a very worrying trend and we are firmly dealing with it because our children must be protected at all costs,” the DCC said.
By Darlington Mose