Kajiado County Commissioner David Kipkemei (pictured above) on Monday night rescued a KCPE candidate hours after she had been married off.
The rescue was done at a home in Mailwa area of Matapato South Ward in the county at midnight, hours before the 14 year old girl could sit for her exam.
Kipkemei said the pupil, who was expected to be part of rehearsals at Mailwa Primary School examination centre on Monday was conspicuously missing and teachers immediately alerted a local chief.
“When we received a tip-off from the neighbours of her parents, I led my security men to the house of the man who had supposedly married the 14 year old girl but he escaped before the arrest was made,” said Kipkemei on phone.
He said the police also moved to the parents’ home of the girl but they had also escaped security dragnet.
“I am happy to report that we managed to secure her and she is now sitting her Class 8 examination at the centre in Mailwa,” said the CC.
The girl is from Sere Primary School in the area but is doing her examination at Mailwa Primary School examination centre.
The commissioner said he will not relent on his war to rid early childhood marriages and female genital mutilation from the county.
“We will not allow such things to happen when I am still the county commissioner in Kajiado. I am also warning those who escaped arrest that you can run but cannot hide from the law,” said Kipkemei.
Earlier in the day, Immigration PS Gordon Kihalangwa officiated the opening of the examination papers in Kajiado and assured those doing examination that their centres are properly secured.
Meanwhile, police in Kajiado on Monday arrested a watchman at Bissil Girls Secondary School as he attempted to sneak in some examination documents.
The arrest took place as the Form Four students were preparing to sleep and the police on duty handed the suspect to DCI.
Kajiado Central Deputy County Commissioner, Charles Wambugu, said the suspect is still with DCI and the student he was going to be handed the documents will also be required to record a statement.
“The suspect told the police he was handed the documents to deliver to the candidate. We will leave no stone unturned in this offence because the police must track down the person who handed the papers to the watchman,” said Wambugu on the phone.
Wambugu said the watchman was arrested at 10pm and the girl in question will record a statement as soon as she is through with all the exams.
“We do not want to instill fear or interrupt her concentration as the exams are still ongoing,” said Wambugu.