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Father forcefully marries off Form 3 daughter to man of 3 wives

Mary Tatu leaves the home of Leah Kesire after her father pleaded that he would take her to school. She was married off that same day at night.
Mary Tatu leaves the home of Leah Kesire after her father pleaded that he would take her to school. She was married off that same day at night.
Tatu called a friend, who has been assisting her to get out of the wedlock, on Sunday night claiming she has been hidden in a house in Mosiro ward, Kajiado West sub-county.

Mary Tatu (not her name), a form three student at Olooseos Girls Secondary school in Kajiado has been forcefully married off to a suitor.

Tatu called a friend, who has been assisting her to get out of the wedlock, on Sunday night claiming she has been hidden in a house in Mosiro ward, Kajiado West sub-county.

“Before she could explain to me the exact location where she has been hidden by her suitor, someone grabbed the phone from her,” said Phyllis Nashipae, who also claimed the area Deputy County Commissioner, Morekwa Morang’a is aware of the case.

OB report

When we called Morang’a on Monday morning, he confirmed he is aware of the case and said the student’s father was arrested on June 13 and a formal report (OB 17/13/06/2021) made at Kiserian police station.

“We wanted the father of the student to lead us to the suitor, whom we are told is in Najile area of Ewuaso Kedong ward. We have used our chiefs to track the man and where he has taken the student to no avail,” said the DCC.

Morang’s said the hunt for the man is on and appealed to activists against such acts to liaise with his office so the student can be rescued and returned to school.

Olooseos Girls Secondary School administration confirmed that it is true Tatu was their student in Form 3 but were not sure why she has not reported to the school like the others.

The DCC said Tatu was among the several girls in the school who got pregnant when they were sent home because of the Ministry of Health protocols last year but that she was determined to pursue her education after giving birth.

Nashipae is a third-born child and knows exactly what she desires.

“As by January 4, this year, already Tatu had a baby, and I remember her getting ready for school to complete her studies which she left in form three, she innocently believe things were going on well as the ministry had already announced all girls who had dropped out should be given a chance to complete their studies,” said Nashipae.

She said Tatu was unlucky as her father being an old man, and having a large family to look after declined her permission to go back to school.

Instead, Nashipae said the old man started talks for her to be married off, and thereafter Tatu was devastated and sought help from one of her relatives.

Nashipae said Tatu’s relative assured the family that he would pay her fees until she completes Form 4.

Effort

“His effort was fruitless for the father declined and insisted that he would marry off Tatu to one man he sought to establish friendship with,” she said.

The anti-female genital mutilation activist said the suitor which Tatu’s father sought is a man already married to 3 wives.

Tatu would potentially become the fourth wife of the groom who is old enough to be her father.

She said the arrangements were made without her (Tatu) consent, but that her father and stepbrothers helped him plan and conceal the matter from other members of the family.

“On learning of their arrangements Tatu escaped from her home at dawn on June 9 when no one was awake and went to seek help from a good Samaritan, Leah Kesire,” said Nashipae. 

Kesire is said to have reported the matter to the police that led to the arrest of Tatu’s father.

Nashipae claims that Tatu’s father was released from the Kiserian police station after a local politician intervened.

Local activists like Nashipae have left their homes in the Kipeto area of Kajiado after Tatu’s father is alleged to have sworn to curse anyone working with the police in seeking the return of his daughter.

 

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