School closed after rape incident,Moi Girls School,Nairobi
By Ann Wambui
Students of Moi Girls High School Nairobi had a very long weekend after three girls were reported to have been raped by unknown people in the wee morning hours on Friday.
The rape incident is said to have happened around 5 am although controversies are arising as to insinuate that the incident might have taken place 12 midnight. It has been reported that one of the girls had gone to the lavatories when the rape took place. It is however unclear whether it was one or three girls who got assaulted as different reports were issued by the school at different times.
Kilimani OCPD Michael Muchiri said they were still following the current leads to know what transpired as DNA tests from one of the girls were being carried out. “We are still following some leads and the school administration is cooperating in the investigation,” he said.
“Probably we will get more information so that we can establish the truth of these allegations and the depth of the issues at hand. As we get more information we will be able to brief you but right now this the only thing we can tell you,” he said.
Students have stated that the school administration had tried to keep the incident on a low-key by instructing the girls to go about their normal duties and not to speak about the rape. The girls who were traumatized by the tragic incident were in fear for their lives to even go to their respective dormitories because they wondered how the sexual assailant gained access in the 24/7 protected institution.
Parents of the students camped outside the school after learning of the incident as the administration denied them access inside until later at 8 pm, and were afterwards kept waiting for hours before school officials addressed them. The enraged parents demanded to leave with their children claiming their safety was at stake but the police at the scene kept them at bay until communication was clear between the law enforcers and the school administration.
Education Cabinet Secretary,Amina Mohammed arrived at the school shortly before 9 pm to address the parents, students and the administration in finding a way forward, when afterwards parents were allowed to leave with their children and officially closing the school for a week as investigations were underway to find the answers to the many questions arising from the incident.
This unfortunate incident comes nine months after a fire tragedy at the same institution that left nine girls dead after the fire started at the Kabarnet dormitory around 2 am on September 2 2017.
As we prepare to commemorate the Day of the African Child on June 16 2018 with the theme of “Leave No Child Behind”, the country still faces challenges in realizing that all children are protected from such cases of rape, to be allowed to be in schools and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Security for children is still a key issue among the Sustainable Development Goals to ensure that a child feels safe at home, school or anywhere in a country.
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