School Principal charged with defiling female student
A secondary school principal has been charged in a Kitui Court with defiling a Form Four female student at his school.
Samuel Matuvi Kimanzi, the principal of Mosa Mixed Secondary School in Kisasi, Kitui County, appeared before Chief magistrate Marianne Murage and denied the charges.
He was released on a Sh200,000 bond with a surety of a similar amount or an alternative cash bail of Sh50,000.
The 58-year-old principal, who is set to retire from teaching service in two years, is alleged to have stormed the girls’ dormitory on the night of May 21, this year to check whether the female students were all in.
According to the girl’s statement recorded with police investigators, Mr Kimanzi then summoned the victim outside and took her to the school fence around 2am where he sexually assaulted her and warned her of dire consequences if she reported the matter.
Upon returning to the dormitory weeping uncontrollably, the orphaned student shared her ordeal in the hands of their principal with fellow students who decided to protest the matter by boycotting classes the following morning.
The students rioted until the girl’s guardian was notified. The guardian later picked the student and took her to Kitui County Referral Level Hospital for emergency treatment, before reporting the matter at Mbitini police post.
Earlier on the material day, Mr Kimanzi is alleged to have sent the school matron on off duty, leaving the female students without an official care taker.
The students’ pressure culminated in their principal being arrested by police after two days and investigations into the incident launched.
The prosecution has lined up 10 witnesses to testify in the case whose hearing of the case is set to commence on September 3, 2018.
The case comes up as the country is reeling from the shock of similar defilement incident involving students at Moi Girls School, Nairobi.