Written by Leonard Wamalwa
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Kiminini, Trans Nzoia County. A body of a sixteen-year-old girl who was a pupil at Tuyookwony primary school in Kitalale area of Trans Nzoia West district has been recovered from river Kiminini at Sango village decomposing with some of the features not clear.
Kipyoiywan assistant chief Richard Ngeywo (pictured) confirmed to West FM that the girl who was last seen on Friday last week had in August travelled to her relatives in Uganda and had not reached home since then until when she was spotted near their home and later went missing.
The administrator revealed that initial investigations indicated that the deceased had avoided going straight to her home since she left Uganda after she realized that she was pregnant and her parents could not tolerate her and therefore chose to throw herself in the river to take her life.
"The girl is said to have been moving from one relative to another from Endebes up to Kitalale near her home after she knew she was pregnant and her parents could punish her severely for the mistake she could not withstand the humiliation and punishment and might have chosen to throw herself in the water after all the relatives she visited told her to go back home," Ngeywo said.
The chief said that after the body was retrieved from the river and news passed around in the village of the recovery, the parents of the deceased James Naibei and Everline Naibei showed up and confirmed that the body was indeed of their first born daughter who had travelled to relatives in Uganda during the August holidays and had not come back though they had heard that she was spotted at a relatives home in the neighborhood last Friday.
At the same time the chief advised parents not to be extremely harsh to their children so that such incidents could be avoided in future.
He further attributed such cases to the ongoing teachers' strike that has put the pupils and students in a situation where they are idle and could easily indulge in immoral practices that sometimes lead them to such incidents.
Ngeywo appealed to the government to move with speed to tackle the teachers' strike to enable the pupils to go back to school and resume learning immediately noting that it has now become unbearable for parents to play the parent-teacher role.
The body has been taken to Kitale District Hospital mortuary.
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