Update: The Kirinyaga pastor pleaded guilty to impregnating his two daughters.
The court ordered police to detain him until Thursday, January 7, to allow the prosecution to ascertain the ages of the girls.
Police flushed out a pastor from his hideout after tracking him down for one month. The suspect was accused of impregnating his two daughters, one of whom had already given birth.
Law enforcers detained the clergyman at Sagana Police Station in Kirinyaga County as investigations into the matter commenced.
Kirinyaga West Deputy County Commissioner, Moses Ivuto, stated that the suspect vanished in early December 2020 after his relatives reported the matter to the police.
"Police finally nailed him and he will soon be arraigned in court. He has ruined the lives of his school-going children and we shall not spare him.Young Kenyan girls advocate for the end of teenage pregnancy in 2018File
"We, the government cannot allow anyone to sexually exploit young girls and he will face the full wrath of the law," Ivuto affirmed.
One of the daughters delivered a baby while the other is six months pregnant. The matter came into light when their mother raised an alarm and demanded to know who had defiled the girls.
The daughters opened up and pointed the finger at their father, with more details claiming that the pastor had threatened them and other relatives against reporting the matter.
"A teacher from their school told me that my daughters were pregnant and the doctors ascertained that they indeed were expectant mothers. May God help me. It broke my heart," the emotional mother lamented.
On Monday, December 14, Woman Representatives Purity Ngirici (Kirinyaga) and Gladys Shollei (Uasin Gishu) led demonstrations demanding the arrest of the pastor.
"This is a grievous offence and he is staring at over 20 years in prison. The father is cruel. He is a danger to women in society. He must have been doing so for years and he may have also preyed on other children," Shollei stated while addressing a gathering in Kirinyaga County.
In June 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta heaped blame on chiefs for the rise in teen pregnancies and warned that they would be liable for the crimes in their sub-counties.
"How do we allow people to go around impregnating small girls and we don't speak about it? tutagonjea DNA halafu wewe ndio utachukua huo mzigo na utalipa (We will wait for DNA results and you are the ones who will bear that burden)," he said.
Watch the mother speak on her pregnant teenage daughters
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