A 20-year-old Kenyatta University student has been arrested for allegedly luring and co-habiting with a 15-year-old girl.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) say Peter Wanjohi has been living with the minor at his house in Gitambaya, Kiambu County. She had been reported missing from her parents’ home in Kagio, Kirinyaga County, a week ago.
“Her distraught parents had received a shocking text message from her, that she would be in a holiday camp for a month,” says DCI.
“Sadly, the school going child had been harboured by one Peter Wanjohi, a 20-year-old Kenyatta University student at his house in Gitambaya, Kiambu County,”
The Ruiru-based sleuths say the duo have been handed over to the reporting station in Kagio, for further police action.
“Our detectives are ready to swing into action, should any Kenyan file a missing child’s report or any other such matter that requires our urgent attention.”
Yesterday, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui called for the review of the Sexual Offences Act, to allow young sexual offenders engaging in consensual sex to receive counselling instead of prison terms.
“We urge Parliament to review the sexual offences law to ensure that justice prevails for both boys and girls. We should seek to solve a problem holistically and not substituting it with another problem,” said Kinyanjui. He revealed that at Nakuru GK prison, numerous 20-year-olds are serving long jail terms after being convicted for sexual offences.
“Typically this would involve a 20-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl or an 18-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl. While there is no excuse for such action, to send such a young person to over 15 years in jail is to condemn the boy to waste. It is equally baffling to note that even when both are minors say 16 years, the boy will almost always be in prison while the girl goes scot-free,” opined Governor Kinyanjui.