Wangui Githugo and Alvin Mwangi @PeopleDailyKe
A lot of contradicting statements surfaced yesterday as some of Moi Girls School, Nairobi staff gave accounts of the rape incident to the National Assembly’s Education Committee, who were on a fact-finding mission.
As the investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) continued and with the Ministry of Education carrying out its own security assessment, the staff in charge of the boarding department had a hard time explaining to the legislators how an intruder gained access to the girls’ dormitory and allegedly raped one girl before escaping.
According to the boarding mistress Celestine Mutiso, the female night guard on watch at night was not present after the incident nor did she submit a report the following morning on the night’s events.
Mutiso told the lawmakers, headed by Malava MP Malulu Injendi that she did not find the guard when she reported to school at around 5:30 am after receiving a call from the matron that some girls had been assaulted.
Although she confirmed that she had a brief talk with the guard on Friday night after an inter-house drama competition held at the school on Madaraka Day, Mutiso said the guard was nowhere to give her account to the school management.
However, the school’s matron Monica Wambui seemed to defend the guard saying she personally briefed her on the incident. She also claimed the guard could not have known because there were no screams from the girls apart from when they went banging on the matron’s door at 5 am.
She, however, had a difficult time explaining why she did not get to the crime scene when she was approached by the students and instead opted to call the boarding mistress before going to the principal’s residence.
“The girls were all surrounding me at the time and there was a lot of commotion so I thought of getting colleagues for assistance. I only got to the crime scene when the teachers and the principal arrived,” she explained.
The two, however, maintained that the victim who was allegedly raped did not take a bath as a section of media indicated.
As seen by People Daily, the Elgon dormitory has two doors with one that accesses the ablution block and the other the matron’s house and neither can be accessed from the outside.
The committee said it will continue with its own investigations to get to the root course of the matter but maintained that only tutors registered with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) should support co-curricular activities in the school.
“We insist that co-curricular activities in schools be conducted by TSC teachers,” said Injendi.