14-Year-Old boy from Kirinyaga arrested for or forcing other children to steal from their parents

14-year-old boy have been arrested for allegedly being a member of a terror gang said to be harassing other young boys at Mutithi village in Mwea West sub-county.

The 15 year old was arrested after several complaints from parents in the village who reported the matter to Mutithi Police Post before it was later referred to Kiamaciri Police Station.

Following the reports, some of the parents alleged that the boy who, reportedly sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams last year, had been targeting younger boys from Grade 4 to Grade 7 and forcing them to steal money from their parents.“My child had dropped his exams over fear of being attacked by the gang leader…I know his parents well as he was a Class 8 last year,” Peter Murage, said.

Esther Nyamboke, a parent, claimed that the suspect had been forcing her grandson to steal rice from her house and give it to him to sell or he faces a beating.

Francis Muthike, yet another resident, noted that the matter came to the limelight after his grandson wanted to throw himself into a 30-foot well in his compound after he was threatened with death for failing to give the gang Ksh.6,000.“My grandson who is a Grade 5 pupil had been stealing bags of rice in my store without my knowledge to sell and take the money to the gang. I saved him from throwing himself into a well and when he narrated the whole story to me, I could not believe it,” Francis Muthike stated.

Two boys aged 11 and 12 who were victims of bullying on Tuesday evening recorded statements at the Kiamaciri Police Station respectively, and others are expected to also do so in the course of the week.

Mwea West sub county Deputy Police Commander Sammy Beautah confirmed the incident saying the statements will enable the suspect to be arraigned at Baricho Law Courts on Wednesday.
Mwea West sub county Deputy Police Commander Sammy Beautah confirmed the incident


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