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House help arrested for stealing employer's children

05 November 2013, 15:28 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - A 41-year-old woman was arraigned in the Mombasa law courts Tuesday for stealing two children contrary to section 174(I) (a) of the penal code.

Zainab Meji, a resident of Mombasa County, is reported to have committed the offence on the 2nd November 2013 at Majengo Mapya in Kisauni.

The accused is said to have been a former employee of the complainant where she worked as house a house help but decided to terminate her job the same day when the children went missing.

Zainab is accused of stealing Fatuma Amani, a 2-year-old girl, and her 4.5-year-old sister, Husna Amani, from the legal parents Fatuma Iddi (their mother) and Amani Obedia Kimaro (father) at around noon on Saturday.

The accused is said to have been left with the children as usual but when the parents came back, they were shocked to find both the employee and children missing.

Their search for the missing trio were fruitless but on inquiring from the neighbors, they learnt that she had left with the two children a little while before their arrival.

After two hours of searching, Fatuma and her husband decided to involve the police in the search as they were aware that their employee’s contract was ending that evening.

The case was reported at Nyali police station and a man hunt was launched with the aim of recovering the children but has turned fruitless.

Police however managed to arrest the accused on Sunday and put her behind bars before presenting her to the court Tuesday.

This comes just days after alarm was raised in Likoni, a sub-County of Mombasa, over the increased rate of children getting lost and later bodies found without eyes and private parts, acts believed to be propagated by witch doctors.

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