Man accused of twice impregnating his niece in Kisii

Residents of a village in Kisii County are demanding the immediate arrest of a man they accuse of defiling and impregnating his niece.

The defilement has left the girl, now 17, with two children.

The second baby was born while the girl was still breastfeeding her first child who is now aged almost two years.

Relatives who did not want to be quoted said the relationship forced the girl out of school while she was in Class Four.

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They claim all this has happened under the watch of the local administration and the girl's parents who, they said, have been advocating for negotiations to settle the matter.

Unfortunately, the minor's second child, a girl aged three months, died in a house fire last week.

But even while she was mourning the death of her daughter, the girl is said to have been defiled yet again by her uncle while the family was making burial arrangements.

Angry villagers have now vowed they will not bury the child until the suspect is arrested and charged.

Funeral programme

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One of the villagers reported the matter at Gesonso Police Btation on Wednesday morning.

But yesterday morning area OCPD Beatrice Nduku could not confirm whether the suspect had been arrested.

Newly appointed area assistant chief Dismas Onkoba told The Standard he heard the allegations when the baby died.

"We didn't want to disrupt the funeral programme. The matter has been reported to the police and action will be taken immediately."

When The Standard visited the girl's home on Wednesday evening, the family was scooping back soil into the grave they had dug for the baby. All this time, the uncle was in in his mud-walled house less than 10 metres away.

The girl said she told her father about the assault but he never took any action. Her uncle, she said, had threatened to kill her if she ever reported him to anyone.

“Let my uncle be arrested and forced to take care of the child. My family is struggling and we can’t even afford basic needs,” said the terrified girl.

The girl's mother said she learnt of about her daughter's ordeal when she fell pregnant. “My brothers-in-law and father-in-law threatened to kill me. I reported the matter to the chief but no action was taken.”

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