Anxiety as some 41 street children believed to be arrested from Nakuru town were dumped at Sawich-Torongo forest in Eldama-Ravine Sub-county, Baringo County on Thursday.
Tinet Sub-location assistant chief Nickson Chepkirwo confirmed the incident saying locals found the victims aged between 10 and 18-years walking aimlessly in the dark forest around 1am.
“Majority of them were confused and desperately walking on the road while majority with light T-shirts were spotted trembling while chewing their teeth in the sharp cold” Chepkirwo said.
The Star managed to speak to one of the victims Kennedy Maina,18, who said they were arrested around 8pm on Wednesday night along the streets of Nakuru town.
“The town council Askari’s dressed in their official uniforms convinced us that they were taking us to better places like approved schools as being ordered by the leaders.” Maina said, adding that they were so happy and welcomed the hopeful idea.
He said they only realized they were in a wrong deal when we were suddenly dumped in the middle of nowhere while the two pickups we boarded in sped off.
“While on the way, some of our colleagues were trying to open the windows in an attempt to locate the direction and the place but the officers kept shouting them down, that ‘you shouldn’t dare do that” Maina said.
He said further notated that they were being dropped in groups of four at an interval of 200meters.
He said they luckily got into the hands of hospitable residents of Torongo village who then assisted to assemble them before lighting for them fire in the thick forest where they put up the rest of the night.
“Outside there in the bush was very cold indeed but we had to preserver till the following morning, when the authorities including police from Baringo county arrived at the scene for our aide” Maina said.
Eldama-Ravine Children’s Officer Kuria Muthambi condemned the incident terming it barbaric and inhuman.
Muthambi noted there were 10 underage children in the ground while the rest were over 18 years adding that they also managed to get their details.
“We interrogated them and they truly said they were picked from Nakuru but so far we don’t know the motive behind the incident” Muthambi said.
He also said amidst was a passenger who said he was on his way from Naivasha heading Kitale town in Trans-Nzoia County.
He further feared the number of the victims supersedes the ones rescued, “the victims told us they were with majority of their colleagues whom they are yet to know their whereabouts” Maina said.