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Governor condemns abduction, killing of a 13-year-old girl

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has condemned the killing of young girls that is rampant in Moi’s Bridge area within the county.

The governor’s condemnation follows the discovery of the mutilated body of a 13-year-old girl who went missing last Saturday.

Linda Jerono, 13, left the home of her grandmother in Moi’s Bridge where she was staying as she waited to join Form-One in August saying she wanted to have her hair done, and that was the last time the girl was seen alive.

The mutilated body of the teenager was found dumped near the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depot in the town after a three-day search.

Irate residents held demonstrations demanding the transfer of all police officers from Moi’s Bridge claiming that they had done little to solve the killings of a series of young girls in the area.

“I condemn with strongest terms possible the abduction and subsequent killing of a 13-year-old girl in Moi’s Bridge. The death of the girl as told by the residents is the 9th incident in a span of one year in similar circumstances, this is unacceptable,” said the Governor.

Mandago said the killings appear like organised crime or a dangerous cult determined to cause fear among the people living in the area.

“I will personally work with security agencies and see to it that the network is cracked open and those involved are brought to book,” he pledged, observing that the demonstration in Moi’s Bridge was a clear indication that the public was dissatisfied with the interventions by the security agencies in the area. I urge the police and investigative agencies to be more proactive and act with speed to restore public confidence.”

He said it was painful to lose such a young promising child adding that from the disfigurement of the girl’s body she might have been tortured by her abductors before she was killed.

Mandago appealed to parents to always take keen interest in the whereabouts of their children especially when they send them on errands unaccompanied.

By Kiptanui Cherono

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