Residents of Moi area in Malindi are living in fear after an 8-year-old girl was raped, killed and her body found buried some meters away from the Indian Ocean allegedly by a relative.

The body of the young girl was found buried in a small grave by fishermen who were heading to the ocean.

A day before the body was found the child was reported missing after which the residents sought for her in vain and returned home because dusk was approaching.

“We received the news of the missing child, immediately we went out looking for her but our efforts proved futile. We returned home hoping to find her the next day,” Changawa said.

Baraka Changawa, a resident of Moi area says that he received a report of a body found along the beach which was later confirmed to be that of the child they were looking for.

“Later we were told that a body was found along the Indian Ocean beach. We hurried to the reported place and we found the body covered with branches and blood spread all over,” Baraka Changawa added.

Rajab Juma 43 years and a brother in law to the deceased who is said to be the perpetrator of the action escaped the premises of Moi area after committing the act as reported by one of the residents.

“Rajab returned home alone, took with him another brother in law and left to town, “Safari confirmed.

According to the residents, Rajab left home with the deceased claiming to have a walk with her along the Indian Ocean coast before committing the vicious act.

“The child left home with her brother-in-law with intention of taking a walk along beach leaving other children at home.” Safari added.

The furious residents condemned the act blaming the administration over increased cases of insecurity in the area and asking them to confirm the identity of every visitor who comes to their village.

“It is so sad to lose a young soul, the child was only 8 years before her life was terminated. Is there any security in Sabaki? Let the local administration follow up the identity of every visitor who comes to Moi area,” Safari insisted.

Speaking over the phone Sabaki area assistant chief Racheal Malingi confirmed the act and assured the residents that investigations by the police are underway.

By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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