A Kirinyaga pastor has received a 140-year jail term after pleading guilty to defiling his underage daughters.
After defiling the girls aged 16 and 14 years, Senior Principal Magistrate Anthony Mwicigi ruled the pastor would serve 70 years for each crime.
The prosecution verified the children’s birth certificates on Thursday, January 7, and established both girls were below 18 years, leading the magistrate to rule on the case.
According to court documents, the suspect committed the crime between June 1, 2019, and June 30, 2019, between August 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020, in Ndia constituency.
In early January, the 51-year-old Akurino pastor was arrested after Purity Ngirici, Kirinyage woman representative and Uasin Gishu woman representative Gladys Shollei led the protests in the county of Kirinyaga.
The legislature additionally urged the girls’ mother to report the matter to the police.
“A teacher from where my children learn told me they were pregnant, and this broke my heart. She also said a doctor had confirmed the pregnancy,” complained the mother.
After hunting him down for one month, the police managed to flush him from his hiding place.
Moses Ivuto, the Kirinyaga West Deputy County Commissioner, promised the villagers the suspect would never set foot in the area since he was a threat to all women in the village.
Almost 152,000 teenage school-going children became pregnant during the pandemic, a 40 percent increase in the country’s adolescent pregnancies.
The Head of State warned area chiefs that they would be responsible for the menace should cases continue rising.
He additionally directed all government officials to ensure that all teenage school-going children reported back to school by January 4, 2021.