Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers have arrested a Nairobi house girl with two children she had allegedly stolen from her employer.
Scovia Namataka, 32, was seized at the Busia border while attempting to smuggle the children to Kampala, Uganda.
“Coordinated efforts between Buruburu’s detectives and their counterparts at Busia border led to the interception of the suspect with the minors in a bus which was headed to Kampala, Uganda,” said the DCI.
The two children, aged eight and four years, were stolen in Nairobi yesterday (December, 5). “Preliminary investigations revealed that the offence was committed while the children’s parents had travelled to Meru to attend a kin’s burial,” said DCI officers.
“ The suspect is in lawful custody awaiting arraignment.”
Cases of house girls either torturing or stealing the children they have been entrusted with taking care of are on the rise in Kenya.
Although house-help recruitment agencies are sprouting up everywhere, the process of vetting would-be employees is not rigorous enough.
In 2018, a Ugandan house-help in Muhoroni, Kisumu County, reportedly killed her boss and her three-month-old child before fleeing.