Homa Bay teacher arrested for ‘marrying’ pupil as third wife

Homabay, Kenya: A Primary school teacher has been arrested for allegedly marrying a Form One student in Homa Bay County.

The 48-year-old teacher, who works in one of the schools in Rachuonyo North Sub County, is alleged to have married the 17-year-old girl as a third wife.

The teacher is said to have eloped with the girl, who is a student at one of the secondary schools in Rachuonyo South Sub County and rented her a house at Othiere Trading Centre since July.

According to the girl’s father, the man, who was the girl’s teacher in primary school, is believed to have started the relationship before the girl joined secondary school.

“There was a day I caught the teacher with my daughter but he ran away. One of his wives later came to my home to threaten the girl for being in a relationship with her husband,” the father said.

The father said when he realized that the teacher was staying with his daughter, he demanded that the he releases the daughter but the man was defiant.

The teacher was later arrested alongside the girl and were were taken to Oyugis Police station following an operation conducted by police in collaboration with the girl’s father and education officers in the area.

However, Rachuonyo South OCPD Patricia Nasio said the teacher denied the allegations and said he was living with the girl after she sought refuge at his home.

The teacher argued that the minor’s father had chased her away on grounds that she was not disciplined.

The suspect maintained that he was waiting for the father’s anger to subside so that he could take her back home. The teacher’s comments were also supported by the minor.

The father denied the teacher’s allegations.

Nasio said the matter presented some complications which required adequate investigations to enable them to establish the truth.

“There is a lot of conflicting information about this matter because what the father is saying is different from the suspect says. We are going to conduct investigations to know exactly what happened,” Nasio said.


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