Police in Taveta Sub-county have arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing his 12-year-old daughter at Chachewa village.
The 50-year-old was arrested on Wednesday night at his home in Taita-Taveta County.
He is accused of repeatedly molesting his class five daughter at his home after partying ways with his wife.
The woman is said to have left her marriage due to violence but the man had refused to let the minor leave with her mother.
Taveta OCPD Francis Warui said the suspect will be charged with incest in court today.
Bomeni Community Unit vice chairperson Jane Mwabili said the man was apprehended after villagers joined hands with police and the local administration.
She said the girl confided in her teachers and neighbours about her father’s indecent acts who then reported to the group’s committee members. The members in turn informed the police.
“The father is a chronic alcoholic and at the time of his arrest he was very drunk,” Ms Mwabili said.
Meanwhile, the county government is formulating a gender legal framework in an effort to end cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the region.
Speaking during a gender forum in Voi, county executive for Gender Gertrude Shuwe acknowledged that the county was leading in GBV cases in the country and pledged to fast track formation of a county regulation.
“This will also include establishing a GBV recovery centre at Moi County Referral Hospital in Voi,” she said adding that the county government is planning to construct a rescue centre for victims.
Health officials noted that county hospitals have been offering free services to GBV victims.
Moi hospital medical superintendent Felix Kimotho said victims can access free services including filling of P3 forms.
“They should not be afraid to disclose that they have been raped or defiled. We don’t charge at all,” he said.
Voi High Court judge Farah Amin called for preservation of evidence to enable the courts effectively deal with rape and defilement cases.
Many times, the courts have been forced to adjourn defilement cases due to lack of enough evidence.
Some families have also opted to settle the matter out of court as many cases are by close relatives.
Justice Amin said victims must be protected to avoid intimidation by suspects.
“We have a responsibility of ensuring that we deal with these cases quickly to minimise psychological torture and victimisation by perpetrators,” she said.