A secondary school principal in Kitui County who is facing court charges of raping a female student attempted to compromise the girl’s family by offering money to cover up the sex scandal.
Samuel Matuvi Kimanzi, the principal of Mosa Mixed Secondary School in Kisasi district is alleged to have offered a cash bribe of Sh200,000 to the guardian of the orphaned Form Four student so that her testimony to police can be recanted to “kill” the case.
According to an audio clip obtained by Kitui Online, Mr Kimanzi allegedly called Fred Nyamai, the victim’s uncle pleading with him to help in fend off the embarrassing rape scandal and save his career, in return for the cash bribe.
The principal is heard suggesting to Mr Nyamai that her niece, whose parents died 12 years ago, be persuaded to withdraw the allegations by telling police that she had been asked by some teachers to frame him up.
Unknown to the principal, Mr Nyamai recorded the telephone conversation that lasted ten and half minutes but turned down the bribe saying justice for the orphaned girl cannot be traded off with money.
The guardian proceeded in reporting the matter to police where he handed over the audio clip to investigators.
Mr Kimanzi, who appeared before Chief magistrate Marianne Murage on Wednesday has denied the rape charges against him and was released on a Sh200000 bond with a surety of a similar amount or an alternative cash bail of Sh50,000.
The prosecution has lined up 10 witnesses to testify in the case whose hearing will commence on September 3rd, this year.
The 58 year old principal who is set to retire from teaching service in two years, is alleged to have stormed the girls’ dormitory on the night of May 21, this year to check whether the female students were all in.
According to the girl’s statement recorded with police investigators, Mr Kimanzi then summoned the victim outside and took her to the school fence around 2am where he sexually assaulted her and warned her of dire consequences if she reported the matter.
Upon returning to the dormitory weeping uncontrollably, the orphaned student shared her ordeal in the hands of their principal with fellow students who decided to protest the matter by boycotting classes the following morning.
The students rioted until the girl’s guardian was notified who rushed to the school and picked the student to Kitui County Referral Level Hospital for emergency treatment, before reporting the matter at Mbitini police post.
Earlier on the material day, Mr Kimanzi is alleged to have sent the school matron on off duty, leaving the female students without an official care taker.
The students’ pressure culminated in their principal being arrested by police after two days where investigations into the incident were launched.
The case comes up as the country is reeling from the shock of a similar incident where a student at Moi Girls School in Nairobi was allegedly raped in a dormitory.
This prompted the National Assembly Education committee to demand that principals be held responsible whenever criminal acts take place in their schools.
The committee chaired by Tinderet MP Julius Melly also wants schools to set up teams that will assist in implementation, monitoring and evaluation of safety.
Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed on Tuesday dissolved the management board of Moi Girls School.
“The recurrence of danger in public secondary schools even after the release of the safety and standards manual by the ministry of education posses for questions that demand urgent answers, insecurity in schools disrupts learning and leads to destruction of property and lives thus putting the spotlight on teachers” said Mr Melly.