Fam­ily’s agony as school­girl lured to her death

17-year-old girl had just bro­ken up with boyfriend who had been threat­en­ing her, claims sis­ter

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - National News - BY MAGATI OBEBO

Mobebo@ke.na­tion­media.com

Afam­ily in Kenyenya, Kisii County, is dis­traught af­ter their daugh­ter, a can­di­date at Sengera SDA Sec­ondary School, was lured to her death.

Elv­inah Mo­racha, 17, was re­vis­ing for her ex­ams on Sun­day night when a per­son sus­pected to be her former boyfriend lured her out into the night. Her body was dis­cov­ered in a fish pond on Mon­day.

Her wid­owed mother, Ms Rabera Mo­racha, said they are yet to de­ter­mine the mo­tive of the killing, al­though they sus­pect her former boyfriend, a body boda op­er­a­tor, planned it. She is still reel­ing from the shock of los­ing her daugh­ter so sud­denly.

Yes­ter­day, se­cu­rity agen­cies in the sub-county were try­ing to piece to­gether rel­a­tives' ac­counts as they be­gan in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“We have be­gun in­ves­ti­ga­tions and are look­ing at all an­gles so that we get the truth be­fore we get the right sus­pect,” OCPD Isaac Thu­ranira told the

He said they were in­formed by the Sengera Mariba chief that a fish farmer in his area had found the body of a fe­male be­ing float­ing in his fish pond.

“It was af­ter we re­moved it that the vil­lagers pos­i­tively recog­nised it as that of the 17-year stu­dent. We urge pa­tience as we try to get more in­for­ma­tion that can help us get the sus­pect,” Mr Thu­ranira said

He added that they are wait­ing for a post-mortem re­port to know whether she was mo­lested be­fore she be­ing stran­gled.

Elv­inah's mother and her sis­ter, Emma Mo­racha, went to bed and left her study­ing. When Emma re­turned to the sit­ting room at about 11:30 and found her gone, she thought Alv­ina had gone to sleep with their mother. But they re­alised she was miss­ing, and that the door was locked from out­side.

Emma told the that her sis­ter had in­ti­mated her that she had a boyfriend from whom she had sep­a­rated and was threat­en­ing her.

"Since then, they two have had run-ins, with the man threat­en­ing her for leav­ing him. We sus­pect he is the one who lured her out and led her to her death," Ms Mo­racha said.

The books the Elv­inah was read­ing have not been found, and they sus­pect she went with them.

They now believe the man was in con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion with her.

Mean­while, Ms Mo­racha has called for speedy in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the killing of her daugh­ter.

“All I want to see are speedy in­ves­ti­ga­tions so that he who­ever did this can be ar­rested for so that we get jus­tice's for my daugh­ter,” she said.

Elv­inah's un­cles Ge­ofrey On­donga and Evans Ondimu said they want the po­lice to track the killers down and bring them to jus­tice.

“We want noth­ing less of jus­tice. We don't have much to say,” said On­donga at the Kenyenya Po­lice Sta­tion where they had gone to file the com­plaint.

At Sengera Sec­ondary, stu­dents and teach­ers were mourn­ing Elv­inah.

School Prin­ci­pal Enock Nyam­bego said she had not re­ported for the third term due to what he sus­pected were

fees prob­lems.

But he re­futed re­ports that she had been sent home for not pay­ing fees.

“We had been wait­ing for her to re­port back. Only two days ago, I met her mother and told her to let Elv­inah come to school. She had trouble pay­ing fees but at no time was she sen­thome as be­ing re­ported in the so­cial me­dia,” Mr Nyam­bego said.

He said he was in Kisii town on of­fi­cial du­ties on Mon­day morn­ing when he got a call from a po­lice of­fi­cer from Kenyenya telling him that his stu­dent's body had been found dumped in a fish pond.

“Ini­tially I could no tfig­ure out who it was be­cause I had left all the stu­dents in school. Only later did I re­alise that it was Elv­inah. As a school, we are sad­dened by the in­ci­dent and we urge the gov­ern­ment to con­duct thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” he said.

Elv­inah Mo­racha, a Form Four stu­dent at Sengera Mixed Sec­ondary School, whose body was found in a fish pond near their home in Mariba vil­lage, Bo­ma­choge Borabu Sub-county in Kisii County.

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