KCPE female candidate who eloped with lover arrested
A female KCPE candidate has been forced to sit her examination in a police station after being arrested for eloping with her lover.
The girl, who is a candidate at Ndhiwa Primary School in Homa Bay County, boycotted Kiswahili and Science papers on Wednesday and eloped with the man identified as Isaac Ochieng, aged 30.
According to the school head teacher Gabriel Ogutu, the girl sat her day one papers, Mathematics, English Language and English composition.
But when she left for home in Ndhiwa town on Tuesday evening, she arrived at midnight.
“Her parents put her to task until she told them that she was with a male lover who lives in Ndhiwa town. The parents’ frog-marched the girl to the man’s house but they found him armed with a machete,” said Mr Ogutu.
However, Mr Ochieng’ is said to have threatened the parents with a machete, making the girl disappear in the commotion.
“The parents came to school on Wednesday morning to find out if the girl had reported for exams but failed to find her before the matter was reported to police,” added the head teacher.
Ndhiwa OCPD Nixon Makokha said they searched for the girl in the entire Homa Bay County but failed to trace her.
Later in the evening, they found her at a village near Sori town in the neighbouring Migori County.
Mr Makokha said they discovered that the man had taken the girl to one of his relative’s home.
“We found the girl and Mr Ochieng’ in the village home and arrested both,” said Mr Makokha.
The OCPD liaised with the area education officials to ensure that she took her Social Studies and Religious Education paper.
“We have accommodated the girl to sit her examination in one of our offices under safe custody. We want to ensure that she does her paper despite missing others on Wednesday,” Mr Makokha said.
Mr Ochieng’ was detained at the police station awaiting age assessment of the girl. The suspect will be acquitted if it is revealed that the girl is aged 18 years and above. However, if is discovered that the girl is a minor, Mr Ochieng’ will be charged in court with defilement.
“I have sent the girl’s parents to bring her certificate. We will also take the girl to a hospital for age assessment. We will hand the girl back to her parents but the man will be charged with defilement if the girl is proved to be underage,” said Mr Makokha.
In a different case, the head teacher said two candidates missed KCPE in his school in which one of them turned to be a street boy in Kisumu while another girl disappeared and nobody had her whereabouts.