Police in Nyamare village in Marani, Kisii County, are searching for a man who is suspected to have defiled his six-year-old daughter on Sunday evening.
Julius Ogamba, 50, reportedly committed the offence in a coffee plantation, leaving the helpless minor bleeding and unconscious.
The girl, however, regained consciousness hours later and managed to walk to her home, although with difficulties, and reported what had befallen her to her mother.
The child was rushed to Marani Sub-county Hospital before she was transferred to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital for specialized medication.
Ogamba is said to be staying in Rift Valley where he does menial jobs for a living and had come home to visit his family when he committed the offence.
The mother says that he got married to Ogamba in 2014 following the death of his first wife. She came into the marriage with two children, including the defiled daughter, and was able to give birth to two more.
A police statement she filed says the girl went to fetch water from a nearby stream, and returned home bleeding.
“It rained heavily immediately after she left home. I thought she had taken shelter and could be back soon. Finally, when she came home, I noticed some bloodstains on her dress. I tried to inquire but the father insisted that the blood was as a result of an injury she had sustained early in the day,” she added.
Confirming the incident, Marani Deputy County Commissioner David Saruni warned locals against concealing such crimes in the community.
In a press release on Tuesday, Public Service and Gender Chief Administrative Secretary Linah Jebii Kilimo said that she has taken up the case personally and will make sure that justice is served and the perpetrator brought to book.
Kisii Governor James Ongwae said the child should not be released to her parents yet, until the matter is fully resolve. Instead, the county boss says that the child should put under the care of the Children’s Department in collaboration with the Social Protection Unit to take her to a safer home.
“I am informed that security officers have launched a manhunt for the suspect and I call on members of the public to volunteer information that will lead to his arrest to face the full force of the law.”
Kisii County Executive member in charge of Administration Ednah Kangwana said that more efforts have been directed towards ensuring such cases are curbed in the region.
She urged the residents to report the cases to the authorities for investigation and prompt action.