Veterinary officer, 58, arraigned in court for defiling, impregnating 14-year old girl

58-year old veterinary officer was today arraigned before Kabarnet law court, Baringo County for allegedly defiling and impregnating a 14-year old class seven girl.

 

The accused Solomon Cherutich reportedly did the heinous act to the minor at Kapartai village in Aiyebo Sub-location, Baringo North Sub-County between 2nd and 9th September 2017.

 

“I am a farmer so I used to invite him (the accused) to my home to come and sire my cows with Artificial Insemination(AI), I trusted him as an old man, little did I know he was planning evil against my young daughter” the minor’s  father Kenneth Chemelil told media outside the court.

 

Chemelil said his daughter is mentally disturbed because she is yet to resume her learning after giving birth on May last year.

 

“While she was pregnant she would only cry when we interrogated her to reveal the owner, but until recently after giving birth is when she named the culprit” Chemelil said.

 

The accused who appeared before Kabarnet Senior Resident Magistrate Nerolyne Idagwa pleaded not guilty and was granted a Sh200,000 bond.

 

If found guilty, the accused shall face charges contrary to section 8(1) as read with 8(2) of the sexual offenses act 3 of 2006.

 

The accused was arrested by police on Thursday at his Tirimionin home after the girl’s parents informed the County children’s department.

 

The bitter father now calls for justice saying “I really care educating my children so that they would come and assist me during my old age but I am not happy when someone does something terrible like this to them” he said.

 

However the case will be mentioned on January 23 pending hearing18 February 2019.

-Joseph Kangogo

Slain ‘crocodile man’ David Owino was beaten to death – Postmortem

Slain Lake Baringo ‘crocodile man’ David Owino succumbed to trauma caused by harsh beating using blunt object, postmortem report has shown.

Owino, 36, was last arrested and taken to Kampi ya Samaki Administration Police (AP) camp in Baringo North Sub-county to be ‘disciplined’ for allegedly being drunk and disorderly on December 5.

“The AP officers on duty kicked him several times with hard-pointed boots until he was senseless and could not walk, he died on the spot” sources said.

However, postmortem done in Baringo County Referral Hospital Mortuary on December 18 reads; “the death was as a result of multiple soft tissue injuries due to blunt force trauma due to consistent flogging”.

The report also noted some characteristic of smell of alcohol inside the stomach of the deceased.

Pathologist in charge however recommended that the investigating officers should correlate with the above circumstances.

Police authorities have since warned the family not to leak out the postmortem results to the media or politicians to avoid causing ‘unnecessary’ tension.

However, David Kuria, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Nakuru Human Rights Network (NAHURINET) condemned the cold blood killing.

“We are calling upon IPOA, Directorate of Public Investigation to carry out proper investigation and those involved should face the law” Kuria said

Among the individuals accused for the premature death are Akoroyan Assistant Chief Moses Chebii and Kampi ya Samaki resident Joseph Onyango who aided his arrest, “for smoking near a shade of a business woman’.

The AP officer who was then on duty Bosco Omboko was reportedly transferred immediately after the killing to Kiserian in the neighboring Baringo South Sub-county.

County AP Commander Robinson Ndiwa firmly denied having knowledge of the officer’s transfer, saying if it is true then it must have been ordered by his colleague in Baringo North.

He said Owino, the ‘crocodile man’ was drunk by the time he was brought to the camp “to sober up, but in the process he succumbed” the AP boss said.

The deceased Owino worked as a makeshift local tour-guide at Lake Baringo Community Boats and Excursion (LBCBE).

Apart from feeding orphaned crocodiles, the late Owino also mastered unique art of handling dangerous scorpions without being bitten, a talent that lures local and international tourists to earn him a living.

His colleague Louise Juma said his untimely death coincided with the December Holiday when many locally and international are expected to tour Lake Baringo.

Juma termed Owino as a humble, friendly and hardworking man who never picked quarrel or fights with anybody.

 

Hardened criminal?

On December 7, Baringo Warden Jackson Komen termed the late Owino as a hardened criminal who was being sought by police for ‘handling and feeding while animals illegally’.

“Media should therefore stop glorifying this man. In fact he is a culprit whom we have been hunting for many years to charge him for dealing with wild animals illegally” Komen said.

The warden further said they had not been consulted anytime the media toured the lake to interview this ‘wanted man.’

“In fact every time we hear media is around interviewing this man we try to get there but he always runs into hiding” Komen said.

Owino had his last engagement with the World BBC broadcast in Lake Baringo on November 26.

Now the widow Alice Ekai who lives in a dilapidated rental house at Kampi ya Samaki town with her four kids appeals for humanitarian help saying she has lost the family’s sole breadwinner.

-Joseph Kangogo

Drama as orphan crocodile stray into Baringo AP camp to ‘mourn’ Owino

Drama as a hungry orphan crocodile shows up near Baringo police station where man who used to feed was allegedly beaten to dead on Wednesday.

The bizarre incident occurred at Kambi ya Samaki Administration Police (AP) in Lake Baringo section in Baringo North Sub-county.

“The Deceased David Owino, 40, used to feed this crocodile known as ‘Kungu’ every morning and evening. Today it must be hungry and has felt something has gone wrong after his long time servant passed on” resident Jamlick Morogit said.

However media took the photographs of the angry, lonely white crocodile, stuck at the fence near the AP post where residents turned up in masses to protest the mysterious lose of their member.

Owino lost his life after he was arrested on Wednesday and taken to the AP camp for disciplining for allegedly being drunk and disorderly.

“The officers on duty kicked him several times with hard-pointed boots until he was senseless and could not walk, he died on the spot” sources said.

Morogit said since the crocodile lost its mother at tender age in 2014, the late Owino saved it from the wrath of beach children who attempted to lynch the harmless reptile at the shores of Lake Baringo.

scorpion man

“Since then, they became friends and he used to communicate, feed and care for the marine beast, which have mastered his voice, so today we are shocked to see it appear rarely at the AP camp” Morogit said.

Another resident Dennis Kiptoo said they really lost a very resourceful person, adding that they will miss his unique talent and entertainment.

However, Lake Baringo Senior Curator Willy Limo with the help of the county Warden Jackson Komen managed to recapture and return the stray crocodile back to the lake.

“We appeal to the authorities concern with wildlife to visit the lake and transport all the tamed crocodiles to the orphanage because their security as they might be killed by their hostile mates, now that their human servant is no more” Limo said.

The deceased Owino worked as a makeshift local tour-guide at Lake Baringo Community Boats and Excursion (LBCBE).

“Apart from feeding crocodiles the deceased was also friendly with dangerous scorpions as he could handle them without being bitten. He used his rear talent earn a living by entertaining guests at the shores of Lake Baringo” his colleague Loise Juma said.

The widow Alice Ekai said, “We last shared midday meal together before he left the house around 3pm, whatever transpired until his death is history” adding she has his four kids.

However, Saimo Soi Area County Commissioner Mohamed Sheh said the deceased was drunk and disorderly before his arrest.

“For now I cannot confirm if he really died in the hands of the officers because even the illicit alcohol that he took also kills and not unless investigations are complete so we can ascertain the exact cause of his death” Sheh said.

-Joseph Kangogo

Slain wife of Ex-DC Yatich to be buried in Baringo on Thursday

After court lifted injunction stopping the burial of slain wife of former Ex-Kakamega District Commissioner Paul Yatich, she will finally be laid to rest on November 8.

Late Loice Yatich, was raped and brutally murdered by unknown suspects at her house in Kiplombe estate in Eldoret town on October 16.

“We have concluded talks and burial arrangements are now complete after being granted opportunity to meet out of court as both families to settle our issues” Julius Yatich, brother to Paul said on Tuesday.

Family of the deceased moved to court and sought injunction to halt the burial which was to be held at her husband’s home in Talai village in Baringo County on October 24.

Her sister in-law Esther Chirchir filed the petition but it was sigh of relief after an Eldoret court signed off the case and allowed to burial to proceed.

Eldoret Resident Magistrate Nicodemus Moseti marked the case as settled after both parties involved in feud over burial plans informed the court that they had settled the issues among them share of the properties belonging to the deceased.

Chirchir’s lawyer Silas Kandie asked the court to withdraw the application as they have agreed with the former DC’s family on the burial plans.

However, the magistrate directed that the applicant meets the cost of preservation of the deceased body which is lying at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital-Eldoret.

Loice worked as Curriculum Development officer at the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in Uasin Gishu County before her murder.

Earlier on former District Commissioner Yatich insisted that he is the legal husband of late Loise and that they have seven children.

“We were legally married and we have seven kids, I want to assure my in-laws I am not bitter in any way even after conclusion of burial my beloved wife we shall still live together as families” he said.

In contention was the wealth sharing and where she would be buried having in mind the couple had not been living together as husband and wife since they separated 10 years ago.

“Though we have been separated we were in frequent communication, I was shocked when my phone calls went unanswered. I reported the matter to the police station,” Yatich said while he accompanied the police to the house.

Eldoret West OCPD Zachariah Bittok confirmed the incident saying the suspect may have been raped before she was murdered.

Two suspects Laban Cheruiyot and Simon Lumile were arrested at Kabiyet market in Nandi County while driving in a vehicle belonging to the deceased.

Bittok further said police were still pursuing the farm worker who disappeared after the fatal incident.

-JOSEPH KANGOGO

 

‘I better seek services in my house’ accident victim blames negligence in Baringo hospital

A victim of Boda boda accident is nursing wounds in his rental house in Kabarnet town after reading negligence at Baringo County Referral on Sunday.

25-year old youthful Aston Ng’etich said he was involved in road accident on his way back to town after spending the weekend at his rural home in Krumbopsoo in Baringo Central Sub-county.

“I decided to run back to my house so my wife could nurse me better than staying here in the hospital any longer” Ngetich told the media in his rental house in Kaptimobor estate today on Monday.

He said it was around 8pm after negotiating Zed-Zed corners their motorbike developed mechanical problem before hitting a guardrail. Ng’etich sustained bruises on his face and left knee.

Laxity

He said the boda boda rider Nelson Kangogo, 26, was totally unconscious when a good Samaritan rushed them in his vehicle to the nearby Baringo Referral hospital-Kabarnet.

Kangogo who sustained critical head and a waist injury was rushed immediately to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH)-Eldoret.

“After the nurses looked at me physically and saw me breathing and sound they neglected me at the outpatient and went around with their normal duties…without even handing me single pain killer” Ngetich said.

He said he then decided to board a boda boda outside the facility then rode back to his house so he can relax and be nursed by his wife.

The patient who now feels better termed the situation in the hospital serious, appealing to the county leadership headed by Governor Stanley Kiptis to look into it.

“I fail to understand if the hospital is struggling with shortage of staff or it is a kind of sabotage” He said.

Asked if he will still go back to seek medical checkup he said he doesn’t feel like going back there again unless he decides to attend a private facility.

“It is like doctors there don’t take interest on people who seem to have minor injuries and I don’t understand why” He said.

Furthermore a  12-year standard seven pupil from a primary school  in Barwessa ward, Baringo North Sub-county is yet to have his hand fracture fixed by the same hospital since last month.

“He was herding goats at home when he fell and rolled on a hilly-rocky place then he broke his left hand” his brother Diaz Kiplele said.

He said they have since made six frantic visits to the facility since then but every time they arrive they are being told the bone specialist was absent.

Their home is located over 200 kilometers away and now they had to rent a house in Kabarnet town hoping to be served anytime soon.

The hospital has hit the headlines since January this year for many bad reasonss ranging from hygiene, maternal-child deaths, staff boycott and missing bodies.

-Joseph Kangogo

I did not commit child-trafficking, Baringo pastor who rescued 16 girls from FGM says

I did not commit any child-trafficking offense man of God says after being accused of withholding 16 pokot girls who ran away from forceful Female Genital Mutilation(FGM) in Baringo County.

 

On Wednesday police arrested Pastor David Kimeu of African Inland Church (AIC) with his wife Judy Seguton alongside the teenage girls at Deaf and Blind rehabilitation centre in Kabarnet town.

 

“Children offenses are many so their case shall soon be established” Baringo North Criminal Investigation Officer Andolo Munga said adding that the two will be arraigned in court once they are through with the investigations.

 

The two told the media that they only offered their ‘good’ Samaritan service to rescue the girls from undergoing the female cut according to the rich pokot traditional culture.

 

“It is even impossible to accuse me of such serious crime like child trafficking when I brought the girls all the way over 200 kilometers away to such a government-owned rehabilitation center” Kimeu said.

 

He said the girl aged between 8 and 13 years were among 22 rescued in different dates between 2014 and 2017 at Kangiruru, Loyamoi, Embositit, Chepkirial, Akoret and Kongor villages.

 

He added that thousands of pokot girls were being hunted this August holiday to undergo FGM and later married off to earn the parents livestock as dowry.

 

Court ruling

 

The 16 girls were arraigned before Kabarnet law court on Wednesday, where the resident magistrate Viena Ambogo committed them to Chemolingot and Ghana children homes  back in Tiaty Sub-county.

 

The request was made by the county Coordinator for Children Services Otsom Omuse and Marigat Children officer Irene Maasai.

 

“The girls will receive care and protection in the above homes for the next one year pending their case determination” Ambogo said.

 

The case will be mentioned in the same court on 11 September while police have been ordered to arrest the parents and guardians of the girl to be charged with child neglect.

 

“The girls were among thousands of pokot girls being targeted for the cut this August holiday so I had to help them run away for safety so I chose Kabarnet deaf- blind being a public institution” Kimaru said.

 

According to him, after media expose about the stranded girls many well-wishers were calling in on humanitarian ground to support the girls get accessed to good health and education.

 

“In as much as I support the government move to assist the children but it should have courtesy with us instead of using child-trafficking as intimidation” Kimaru said calling upon the churches in Kenya to join him in prayers.

 

He said the girls  were just a fraction of the thousands of pokot girls being humiliated and forced to undergo traditional rituals before being married to old men in exchange of livestock for dowry in Tiaty Sub-county.

-Joseph Kangogo

FGM rescuer faces child-trafficking charges in Baringo

Good Samaritan faces child-trafficking charges after rescuing 22 teenage girls from undergoing forceful Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage in Tiaty Sub-county Baringo County.

African Inland Churches (AIC) missionary pastor David Kimaru, 40, and his wife Judy, 34, were arrested and locked up with the underage school-going girls at Kabarnet on Wednesday.

“Already the handler of the children has committed an offense for not following the right procedure and they will have to be arraigned in court and face charges of child-trafficking” County Police Coordinator Smallets Munyanzi told Media in his office.

The girls were putting up temporarily at Kabarnet Deaf and Blind rehabilitation after being transported for safety by their rescuer on Sunday.

Munyanzi said the case is currently with Baringo Central OCPD Phillip Wambugu and once investigations are complete the culprits will be arraigned in court.

“I received a phone call on Tuesday evening about the young kids and I sent my officers immediately to the scene to assess the situation…of course the innocent children have got no mistake but whoever transported them should explain how they accessed from their parents and transported them this far” Munyazi said.

He further said police are looking for the parents of the girls to come and answer the charges of child neglect.

Pastor Kimaru said schools closed in August and he offered to evade the children from being forced by their parents and brothers in Tirioko ward in Tiaty Sub-county to undergo forceful female cut and later married off early.

“The children were being threatened by their parents’, so I saw it necessary according to the law to rescue and take them to school” he said.

The girl aged between 8 and 13 years were among 22 rescued in different dates between 2014 and 2017 at Kangiruru, Loyamoi, Embositit, Chepkirial, Akoret and Kongor villages.

“The girls were among thousands of pokot girls being targeted for the cut this August holiday so I had to help them run away for safety so I chose Kabarnet deaf- blind being a public institution” Kimaru.

According to him, after media expose about the stranded girls many well-wishers were calling in on humanitarian ground to support the girls get accessed to good health and education.

“In as much as I support the government move to assist the children but it should have courtesy with us instead of using child-trafficking as intimidation” Kimaru said calling upon the churches in Kenya to join him in prayers.

He said the girls were just a fraction of the thousands of pokot girls being humiliated and forced to undergo traditional rituals before being married to old men in exchange of livestock for dowry in Tiaty Sub-county.

-JOSEPH KANGOGO

‘Thirst for church’ forces Pokots to worship under trees in Baringo

Thirst for the ‘word of God’ without churches forces pokot residents in Tiaty Sub-County, Baringo County to seat on stones and worship outside under trees.

For many years Tiaty has been branded home of brazen armed bandits and cattle rustlers, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriages, but today religion seems to infiltrate and act a game-changer.

“We have been worshiping outside here since the year 2002” Chepilat African Inland Church(AIC) pastor John Lokol said on Sunday.

The place is located a few kilometers off Loruk trading centre northwards of Baringo and Turkana borders.

It was around 10am when the Star stumbled on the jovial youthful worshipers and a few elders singing and praying outside under a seasonal acacia tree at Chepilat primary school grounds.

Among the worshipers were young breastfeeding mothers with their children who also braved through the choking sun to give a keen ear to the biblical sermons.

“The classrooms here at Chepilat primary are too small for the growing number of our church members so we decided to remove some desks and plastic chairs to worship under this acacia tree” pastor Lokol said.

The determined man of God who is also in-charge of two other neighbouring Katuwit and Kagir local churches, is optimistic that one day they will assemble some funds to build their own big church on their land outside the school compound.

Church elder Geoffrey Lokortepa said they had to end the service around midday to allow the faithful break for their homes early.

“I wish we had a better place to worship so we can spend more time planning our church programs well and even woe in more members,” he said.

-JOSEPH KANGOGO

 

Shock as 62-year old man commits suicide over sh10k cash transfer fraud

62-year old man from Isas village, Baringo North sub-county commits suicide after suspected woman-friend defrauded him of his sh10, 000 cash transfer money on Saturday.

Reportedly, the deceased David Seguton, who is physically challenged, decided to take his own life after attempts to convince the ‘fraudster’, from the same village, to return his money became futile.

“He used to send this woman to buy her local brew from the neighborhood because his own wife was not a partaker of alcohol” a neighbor David Komen said.

The woman, according to sources used to fraud the old man of the cash for the disabled people since he was put in the government scheme two years ago.

His wife, who seem mentally amiss was also overwhelmed with grieve and so could not speak to the media.

Komen said on the material day, the old man was in a relaxed mood when he was spotted taking breakfast as he does normally outside his house around 8.30 am.

Afterwards, he locked all the houses and handed the key to his wife before taking an animal-tethering rope and headed down to the farm.

“An hour later, while harvesting some beans in the farm his wife screamed upon setting eyes on the lifeless body of his husband hanging on a tree near their house” Komen said.

He said police were informed and arrived with their vehicle to ferry the body to Baringo Referral Hospital mortuary in Kabarnet town.

However, Bartolimo Location Chief Isaac Chemjor confirmed the incident saying police were still conducting investigation to ascertain the course of the sudden death.

“I will be able to get back to you once we find out the clear report from the ground” he said.

Elsewhere in Baringo Central Sub-county shock engulfs residents of Salawa village after a 79-year old man commits suicide by hanging himself under unclear circumstance.

The lifeless body of Chemjor Chebon was retrieved dangling on a noose inside his house around 8am in the morning.

“The old man was humble and he did not have any quarrel with anybody, to suspect it might have resulted in a dispute” A resident Philip Kurui said.

Police helped to transport the body to Baringo County Referral Hospital in Kabarnet town awaiting postmortem and burial today (Tuesday.

Baringo Central OCPD Philiph Wambugu confirmed the incident saying the deceased did not leave behind a suicide note.

“So we could not establish immediately what may have transpired before the old man decided to take his own life” Wambugu said.

He further urged the residents of Baringo to be sharing their plights with other people to avoid recurrence of such fatalities.

-Joseph Kangogo

Heartbreaking: Over 40,000 Baringo kids seat on stones under trees or modern classrooms

More than 40,000 Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) kids in Baringo still learn under poor condition despite efforts by County government to construct some modern classrooms.

Spot check by the Star shows that a number of the nursery school pupils at the 21st century still persevere the chocking sun as they learn outside under trees while seated on stones.

“My ECDE pupils are congested in one modern classroom constructed by the county government way back in 2014 but their major problem is still lack of desks so they are forced to arrange some stones to seat on” Riongo Primary school head teacher Collins Kesses told star on Thursday.

Similar situation occurs in among several others Kadokoi and Katuit primary schools in Tiaty Sub-county where the school head teachers said has forced many young kids to drop out of school.

“We had about 100 ECD children in 2015 but since then due to poor learning condition and cutoff school feeding programme a number of them opted quitting classes, until we are now remaining with only 30 kids” Kadokoi head Dorcas Yatich said.

She further said the mud-floor classroom was poorly constructed by the county in 2014, posing health risks to the children, adding that she is yet to receive the chairs and tables earmarked since then to be donated.

The county boasts a total of 1049 ECDE centres with a total of 46,446 learners, majority of them were forced to take their learning under the trees or the modern structures while seated on stones.

The worst hit sub-counties being Baringo North, Mogotio, Baringo South, and Tiaty.

County Education Executive Thomas Ole Lonongo’nop said it remains a wish of the county government to improve the quality of the ECD centres but he admitted the snail-pace blaming it on tiny budgetary allocation.

“Sh10million was allocated in 2016-2017 while another sh5million was budgeted in the current 2018-2019 to purchase furniture for both the learners and teachers” Lonongo’nop said

He said the county managed to construct only a total of 600 ECDE classrooms and they are now embarking on equipping them with learning materials, books, chairs and tables, “although progressively due to insufficient funds”.

Ole Lonongo’nop further said the sh15million funds allocation so far aided purchase of furniture to benefit paltry 3,980 ECD learners out of total 46,446 learners.

Speaking while handing over some furniture at Kapropita primary school in Baringo Central sub-county on Thursday, County Deputy Governor Jacob Chepkwony admitted myriad of challenges facing the county ECD department

Chepkwony said apart from poor learning condition the 1,776 nursery school teachers hired by the county government were crying low salary payment.

“We hope the ongoing talks of the council of governors and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) shall soon go through to enhance better pact for the teachers” He said.

He urged among the stakeholders the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) to intervene to fast track the talks.

-JOSEPH KANGOGO