Public cautioned against keeping lost people without police notice

Wananchi have been cautioned against keeping any lost child or adult in their homes without notifying police or county security coordinators.

Officer commanding Githunguri police station (OCS) Inspector Tusker Opondo says it is unlawful to keep any lost person in one’s custody without first notifying police as it would be construed to be human trafficking.

Opondo made the remarks in his office prior to recording a report from a couple who claimed they had welcomed a girl in their house and waited to report to the local children’s development office a day later.

He explained that it was the duty of any host to first report to the nearest police station for police officers to interrogate the concerned person for security reasons.

The officer noted that by so doing, it would help the police to trace the relatives of the lost person and also ease any inconveniences the family may be going through in tracing the whereabouts of the lost person as fast as possible.

He further observed that for anyone with information that police may deem fit to aid in prosecuting a given case, the law dictates that the same be given voluntarily without any conditions.

The officer however advised the officers who handle gender issues at the station to record statements from the couple after which the same will be handed over to the police in Lari because the affected girl had reported to the couple that she had been chased out of a children’s home located in Lari area.

The girl was later handed over to the Children’s officer in charge of Limuru/Lari sub-counties Mary Muthumbi after consultations with the children county coordinator Mr. Peter Kabwagi after the children’s home declined to take her back accusing her of causing them problems of tracking her.

The 13 year old girl had been separated from her siblings at the age of five years and has been staying in various charitable children institutions among them El Shaddai children’s home which was closed in 2012.

Source: Kenya News Agency