Kajiado county commissioner Harun Kamau has put on notice truck drivers who ferry minors from the Kenya/Tanzania border in Loitokitok to Nairobi.
Kamau on Friday said he has instructed all police officers manning roadblocks between Loitokitok and Emali to arrest any driver found ferrying unaccompanied children.
The county commissioner remarked after a 13-year-old grade 5 pupil from Kimana town in Kajiado was rescued by police in Nakuru on September 23.
He said that had the boy not alighted in Nakuru, he would be in Kampala languishing in police cells or he could have been sold out to human traffickers.
Paul Leshan is a pupil at Maramatisho primary school in Kimana town who joined his family on Thursday after their neighbour, Isaac Sayioki, picked him up from a children’s home in Gilgil.
His mother, Jane Sumpanoi, said her son was in the company of another boy when they asked for a lift from a truck driver to Nairobi.
“He has told me that he wanted to go and see Nairobi and that the driver agreed to give them a free lift. The truck driver, he says, did not stop until when they reached Nakuru the following morning,” said Sumpanoi.
Leshan was picked up by the police on the morning of September 23 after he told them he had alighted from a Kampala-bound transit truck. The boy never took the registration number of the truck.
After he was picked up by Nakuru police in the streets, the minor was placed in their custody for three weeks.
Police in Nakuru took Leshan to Bridge of Hope Children’s Home in Gilgil on October 14 before posting his image on social media.
The home manager, Virginia Njoki, told the KNU on Friday the exhibited signs of stress, an indication that he might not be happy at home.
“Before they came to pick him up Wednesday, he promised to come back, adding that he was happy in the company of other children,” said Njoki.
Njoki said the boy is manageable and requires counselling.