A Garissa Court has granted Hussein Ali, the Principal and director of Mwangaza Secondary within the county, a 35 years jail term after being found guilty of sodomizing a form 2 student.
The victim disclosed that the principal was armed during the assault, and she was too terrified to resist the horrifying incident that occurred in November 2021.
During the ruling, Resident Magistrate Shadrack Otuke found the principal guilty of the offense and sentenced him to 35 years in prison.
Having mentioned the judiciary sentencing guidelines above which I find persuasive, and considering the high court’s provisions in my view, the accused should be locked up and be accountable for his own actions. The accused is hereby sentenced to 35 years imprisonment in custody,” Otuke pronounced.
This outcome brings relief to the victim’s family, who have been seeking justice since November 2021, and serves as a warning to other potential offenders.
Judge Otuke emphasized that teachers are entrusted with the duty to safeguard students, not exploit them.
“Children need to be protected. Children need a good shepherd and not a wolf or hyena which easily feasts on lambs,” he said.
The defense lawyer strongly criticized the judge’s ruling, asserting that his client was innocent.
He claimed that the ownership of the land on which the school was constructed was a subject of dispute involving individuals who conspired to falsely incriminate its owner.
He pledged to appeal the judge’s ruling in the Court of Appeal, seeking a review of the decision.