A vulnerable family from Kemera location,Manga sub county is crying for justice after they lost a child to a suspected child-trafficking syndicate.
The male infant born to their mentally challenged daugher from Metembe , was allegedly taken away by area assisant chief ostensibly for care at a children’s home.
According to the family, the assistant chief arrived at their home with a woman ,three days after the child was born and managed to convince the sick mother to give it away.
He told the child’s mother to release her teenage daughter to be taking care of her sibling at the home of his second wife, pending transfer to a children’s care centre.
The assistant chief later allagedly turned against the girl,and chased her leaving the child behind.
This was the last time the family heard of the child.
Efforts to track down the child four years down the lane has born no fruit as the family was being taken in circles by the administrator and police at Manga.
Mzee David Ogato,said her ailing daughter had delivered safely to a baby boy but the assistant chief tricked them into taking away his grandson.
He wants the child back after suspecting the assistant chief was not up to no good.
Mourine Kemunto, narrated how she accompanied the chief to his home, and how she took care of her younger brother only for the family to become hostile and chase her away.
Initiatlly, the assistant chief had promised in vain to take her to school after the child had been ‘’admitted at a children’s home’’.
Angeline Nyanduko,a daughter-in law in the family, condemned individuals bent on taking advantage of the vulnerable to imprignate and robb them of their children.
Dismas Ogato complained over frustrations faced by the family to recover the child even as Manga police admitted they were aware of the case and could soon start investigations.
A human rights lobbyst, Thomson Osoro condemned the incident and petitioned interior ministry to intervene.
Osoro said the public should be told under which circumstances the assistant turned child-trafficker, had been released from police custody.
The assistant chief reached on phone said he could not comment on the issue.