Journalism can make Change – justice is on its way to the innocent Kinango girls.
Last Wednesday, Eyes on Kwale carried a story on the runaway sexual offences against young girls in Kinango Sub-county. The story emphasized the apparent indifference by both the community and law enforcement authorities on the menace that has resulted in numerous cases of girls dropping out of primary schools after becoming pregnant.
Last Friday, 2 days after we published, police in Kinango made a couple of arrests and this morning two men were arraigned in Kwale court charged with the offence of defilement under the Sexual Offences Act No. 3 of 2006.
Nsira Juma aged 40 pleaded not guilty and will be remanded in custody with an option of Ksh 100,000 bond with a similar surety.
Ali Njemo pleaded guilty but the court has ordered further investigations into the matter to determine his age. The court also instructed the police to return to court in fourteen days after assessing the age of the accused person with appropriate report. Ali Njemo himself said his age would be 17 years. The underage girl with whom Njemo committed the offence was a class four pupil and is currently pregnant.
The duo will however will stay in prison till they have to appear in court on July 24th for the mention of their cases. Both suspects allegedly committed the offences with underage girls. If they are found guilty, they risk being sentenced to imprisonment for not less than twenty years including life sentence without an option of a fine.
Eyes on Kwale will keep you posted on the progress of the two cases.
( Note : If Njemo is really 17 he will be considered underage and he will not be sentenced the same way adults are sentenced. If he’s underage he will be remanded in arbostal – a kind of place where young underage boys are detained for about three years )