Teacher indicted for sexual assault
09 May 2013, 12:37
A secondary school teacher in Vihiga County has been indicted by the Teacher’s Service Commission (TSC) and is on the verge of losing his job after forcing a 17-year-old primary school girl to have sex with him.
Kennedy Mmanyano, 38, of Busali Union Secondary was found guilty by the TSC after he was involved in a night-long love making session with the class 7 pupil of Chamakanga Primary School on November 23, 2012.
It was confirmed that the teacher met the girl at the school gate in the evening and since the two schools are in proximity, he took her to his house where he assaulted the minor till morning.
Area director of TSC Paul Kokello sent a stern warning to all teachers involved in such acts of child molestation to desist before they are caught by the arm of the law.
“All teachers should just take responsibility and respect their profession by mentoring these young children through respect of their rights and teaching of values that promote morality,” said Kokello.
He noted that whether the minor consents or not, teachers should know that children are protected by many state organs and thus violating their rights invites undue problems on their side.
“Nearly all organs of the government are protecting children especially those who are still in schools and teachers should be very careful while dealing with them,” he said.
The TSC director in the region said that the teacher’s body is so burdened with the many cases of child abuse all over the country and it is time that such behaviour came to an end and teachers upheld their integrity.
He noted that teachers who treat children whom they teach as sex objects should know that the Children’s Act is so paramount and superior that it has to be respected.
“I will not allow my teachers to have sexual intercourse or even carnal knowledge with their pupils or students because the punishment is too tough on them. One often ends up losing his job,” he said.
Carnal knowledge has been very rampant in the country in the past, with many cases going unnoticed whereas in other cases, the police who are helping in the investigations frustrate the victims.
Whereas in many cases the accused usually deny having actual intercourse, carnal knowledge is legally significant in that it is a necessary legal characteristic or element of rape, child molestation, or consensual sexual relations with a girl below the age of consent.
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