The police are investigating an operator of a children’s home who has been accused of sexually exploiting a 18 years old girl.
The middle aged man who is also a pastor is accused of taking advantage of the girl who comes from a poor home and was seeking school fees to join a boarding school from a day secondary school.
It is said the pastor visited the girl’s home in December and asked her mother to allow her to visit the children home saying he would help her access bursary.
Explaining her ordeal, the girl narrated how the pastor forced her to have sexual intercourse inside his church and at the children’s numerous times.
The girl noted that she had lived in the home when she was 6 years old but left after the pastor starting making sexual advances four years later.
“He took advantage of my poverty to abuse me and did not help me,” she said.
Her mother said the girl went to the children home on December 23 and stayed there for several days after the pastor pledged to help her join a boarding secondary school.
After she came back, the mother said, she explained what had transpired, saying it is unfortunate that the pastor had taken advantage of their poor state to exploit her daughter.
“I have really struggled to raise my five children since the death of my husband as a casual labourer. I keep asking myself why the pastor chose to do that to my fourth born daughter,” she added.
Kangema Sub County Children Officer and area Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) confirmed having receiving the complaints and area chief.
The Children Officer Charles Maina said investigations have been launched into the matter saying it is sensitive considering the pastor has other children under his care.
He offered to provide protection to the victim saying if the allegations are confirmed to be true, the children’s home will be closed down and alternative shelter sought for the children.
Deputy county commissioner William Lenaremo saying the pastor’s behaviour has raised concerns amongst residents saying stern action will be taken against him if he is found culpable.
“The girl will join a new school this week as we conduct our investigations,” Lenaremo added.
The commissioner said the pastor has refuted the claims and has blamed the allegations on people he says are after his home.
He said the Area Advisory Committee (ACC) will visit the home to establish if the children living in the home are safe.
-The Star/ Alice Waithera
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