Two assistant chiefs and a policeman in Tuthu village, Murang’a, are under investigations for allegedly demanding sexual favours from a minor they arrested for flouting Covid-19 regulations.
In the Tuesday incident, the trio survived mob justice and fled into the Aberdare Forest after they were allegedly caught with a 16-year-old girl they had arrested for not wearing a mask.
One of the assistant chiefs surrendered after his seniors, led by Kangema Deputy County Commissioner Agnes Karoki, visited the village following public outcry. A resident of Tuthu said the villagers followed the security men to the forest when they realised they had taken the minor there.
Residents said the minor was among several others who were chased by security officers from the Tuthu tea-buying centre for not wearing masks.
One of the assistant chiefs was reportedly caught red-handed defiling the minor as his colleague and a policeman kept guard.
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“This has been happening for days and the locals decided to set a trap,” said a resident, who declined to be named.
The residents lit bonfires in protest, demanding the arrest and prosecution of the culprits.
Karoki led a security committee in the village to the victim’s home for further investigations.
She said one assistant chief and the policeman have not been traced after they went into hiding. She added that the minor would be taken to Kangema district hospital for treatment and other tests.
“The police are investigating the matter after the girl was examined at the hospital,” said Karoki.