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Girl’s double life causes distress to her father

STUDIES
By | November 30th 2009

By Edwin Makiche

A father in Nairobi was shocked recently when he discovered that the daughter he had been struggling to educate was cohabiting with a man his age in Eldoret.

The girl, identified only as Diana, joined a college to pursue a Business Studies course two years ago. The course was to take six months but she called her parents insisting that she wanted to proceed to diploma level.

This was welcome news to the parents, because their firstborn was being a good example to her siblings. And they did everything they could to provide for her.

"I had 20 cows but now my shed is almost empty because of this girl," the bitter father now complains.

According to him, Diana never came home for holidays saying the course was too demanding and she didn’t want any break. The girl, meanwhile, employed every trick in the book to get money from her parents.

At one time she called them claiming she had registered for CPA examinations and needed Sh10,000. She also made a distress call that her room had been broken into and all her personal effects stolen, leaving her with only the clothes on her back.

Cohabiting

After each call the unsuspecting parents tightened their belts and sent her money by Mpesa. But in Eldoret Diana lived a different life. After being referred in her certificate examination, she had opted to look for a part time job. That was when she met an elderly man, only identified as Benja, who promised to find her a job. He also offered to foot all her bills if she accepted to live with him.

After moving in with him, education was no longer a priority and she instead used the money sent by her parents to buy cosmetics, clothes and booze. According to the residents of the estate where she lived, Diana and her boyfriend were heavy drinkers who never got home before midnight. They had become a nuisance in the neighbourhood because of their drinking.

"We wondered whose daughter would accept to live with such an alcoholic, but nowadays girls consider money above all things," one neighbour says.

On her day of reckoning, her father was attending a relative’s funeral in Kitale when he decided to pass by Eldoret to check on his daughter. When he called her number and she couldn’t take the call, he assumed that she was in class and decided to visit her college.

Not believing

He couldn’t believe his ears when the administrator told him that his daughter had not been seen there for a year.

"Where else could she be and she hasn’t told me she has changed colleges?" the old man demanded.

To avert a row, the administrator’s secretary called one of Diana’s friends and instructed her to take the old man to her house. They made their way to the estate and after knocking on the door severally, a drunken man in his 50s with a beer bottle in his hand opened. He demanded to know what the strangers wanted with his wife.

The old man couldn’t believe his ears and shoving the drunken man aside, he entered the room to confirm whether his daughter was in. He found her lying on the bed, drunk and naked. The shock of seeing her father was too much for Diana and she fainted. Meanwhile, her lover took to his heels fearing that the old man would mobilize neighbours to beat him up or call the police.

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