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Sigh Of Relief As Six Missing Form Four Girls Found In Thika

Six form four girls from New Nyaga secondary school in Gatanga who went missing last week have been found at Kiganjo estate in Thika town, Kiambu county.

The six girls who are just months away from sitting for their national examinations caused agony in Kiunyu village when they vanished from their homes without a trace last Tuesday.

The girls left their homes in school uniform which they shed soon after, running away in regular clothes which they had worn under the uniforms.

Parents reported their disappearance after they failed to return home in the evening from school and discovered that they had not attended school on that day.

Two of the students are said to have run off with school fees as bodaboda operators who ferried them reported that the girls had said they were done with education and wanted to seek employment.

Stephen Karanja, one of the parents who spoke to The Star said after the disappearance, one of his daughters posted photos of the six students on social media in frantic efforts to find them.

A pastor from Kiganjo area who saw the photo reported having seeing several young girls in her neighbourhood who were living in a house with two men.

The pastor, he said, contacted the local chief and police officers before giving the parents directions to the estate.

“When we got there three of the girls including my daughter had locked themselves inside the house and the police had to break the door down,” Karanja said.

Karanja noted that three others had already found employment as house girls in the neighborhood but the police were able to trace them with the help of the others.

He added that the house in which their daughters were found belonged to a young man from their village who worked as a casual labourer and who was not at home at the time.

He said he was shocked when neighbours informed them that their daughters stayed holed inside the house by day but at night, they were taken away by men.

The parent now wants the police to arrest boda boda operators who ferried them away from the village, expressing fears that the girls could run away again if the friendship between them exists.

“My girl is normally very quiet and sharp. She does not leave home and is always studying. I am afraid if the bodaboda operators are not arrested, they will continue to be a negative influence on her and the others,” he said.

Gatanga Deputy County Commissioner David Rotich confirmed that the girls were found on Saturday evening and are being held at Makongeni police station for interrogations.

-Alice Waithera

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