While Jesus was proclaiming that the kingdom of God belongs to the children, a man of cloth in Baringo County could send them to hell if given the chance.
The nation stands in shock a highly respected pastor allegedly scalded three minors who stole a Sh80 pack of cakes from his bakery on Tuesday night.
The minors are from the village of Kaptimbor, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Kabarnet Nursing in the district suffered severe burns after the ordeal.
The man of God and his associates allegedly stripped the minors naked before burning their legs in an oven as punishment for “the rampant theft at the bakery”.
The mischievous children – two students from Class Two and one student from Standard Eight – were immobilized after the incident. One of the boys who was allegedly caught with a pack of pies does chores at the bakery on the weekends.
“I was stripped naked and beaten. The three men in the bakery then held me with my legs on the top of the oven, though I kept begging for forgiveness. They continued until I ran out of energy. Then they forced me to name my accomplices. I had no choice but to nominate two of my friends to be released,” the second grader said.
The two were taken from their homes in the middle of the night and subjected to the same cruel punishment. Ms. Vivian Bungei, who lives near the bakery, said she heard desperate screams and the incessant barking of dogs around midnight, prompting her to get out and ask what was going on.
” When I opened the door, I noticed that the noise was coming from the bakery and I walked closer. I found the three naked boys writhing in pain and their legs badly burned. Three men, including the pastor, were there. I asked them what happened to the children and they replied that they deserved the punishment because they were thieves,” Ms. Bungei said.
The cleric claimed that he suffered heavy losses from rampant theft suffered.
“I sounded the alarm and neighbors came out. I asked the bakery staff to dress the completely naked boys before we took them to the hospital,” she said.
“What these children went through is inhuman. They were tortured. I’m upset that even though he’s a pastor, he couldn’t find a better way to solve the problem. He shouldn’t have tortured the boys,” she added.
Mrs Margaret Tarus, the mother of one of the boys, said she received a call on Wednesday morning that her son had been taken to hospital.< /p>
“My son and I sleep in different houses. He left the main house after dinner at 9 p.m. When I arrived at the hospital, I was told that he was among the suspects stealing cakes from a nearby bakery and had been arrested during the night. Even if the children stole cakes, why did they subject them to such barbaric acts?” She posed.
Garihon Abakalwa, medical superintendent at Baringo County Referral Hospital, said the minors had severe burns on their lower limbs suffered but are in stable condition.
“One of them had third degree burns. But we are monitoring his progress to determine whether or not we should do surgery. The other two have second degree burns and will be fine,” said Dr. Abakalwa.
Adamson Bungei, Baringo County Police Commander, confirmed the incident and said the two main suspects, Joseph Mduma, a pastor, and Daniel Cherop , have been arrested and are being held in Kabarnet awaiting their deaths Charge.
“We are saddened that the pastor and his hirelings have decided to take the law into their own hands. We arrested them and they will be charged. The three minors are recovering in the hospital,” said Mr. Bungei.