The County Government of Nakuru is on the spot for dumping close to 50 street children in Torongo area in Baringo County.
The young boys aged between 13 and 19 years said they were arrested in a swoop in Nakuru town on Wednesday evening before they were ferried to Torongo, nearly 50 kilometres away.
“We spent the night in the cold before Good Samaritans rescued us and gave us food on Thursday morning,” one of them was quoted by the Nation newspaper.
They claimed that county officials harassed them after accusing them of dirtying the town and terrorising residents.
However, the County, through their CECM for Devolution Mr Lawrence Mwangangi, in an interview with the Nation, could not confirm or deny whether their officers were involved in the swoop.
“I will investigate, because it is not clear. The street children may have been ferried from Baringo County. Therefore, l can’t tell whether our officers were involved,” said Mr Mwania.
Thirty-six of the street children were escorted back to Nakuru on Thursday by Mumberes Assistant County Commissioner Catherine Kerongo.
According to the administrator, six of the minors went missing during the rescue mission and police are looking for them.
“The 42 street children were ferried by unknown people they claim were county enforcement officers to Torongo area where they were rescued before being ferried back to Nakuru,” said Ms Kerongo.
The minors were later taken to Nakuru Central Police Station before they were handed over to the county children department.
Area Senator Susan Kihika has asked the Governor to come out and clear the matter.
(Additional information courtesy of the Nation)