Peter Kyengo, the Njiru pastor who allegedly defiled and impregnated his 15-year-old daughter, has been arrested. His story featured in the last edition of The Nairobian.
We revealed how furious Nairobians tried to set him ablaze for allegedly forcing his daughter to procure an abortion. The 60-year-old senior pastor of Jesus Light of Your Life Church in Njiru was, according to police, arrested at a popular prayer mountain in Katoloni, Machakos and charged in court with incest.
A police statement reveals that Kyengo started defiling his daughter in 2012 when she was in class eight. He allegedly approached her claiming “the Holy Spirit” had revealed to him that she was sleeping with unknown men and that he needed to confirm it. He then allegedly defiled her that first time and continued for two years, threatening her with death if she revealed their little secret to anyone.
The daughter would only speak on March 25 after discovering she was pregnant. The fully-packed court heard that the preacher advised his daughter to get abortion tablets from a friend. Luckily, the friend she approached leaked the information to the public and went for the pastor’s neck but he went into hiding for four months, until May 30.
Several tests by Sexual Violence Recovery Centre discovered the girl was three months pregnant. The victim who was present in court briefly said: “It is true my father defiled me. The first time I felt a lot of pain but he told me God had shown him that I was sleeping with men. My 12-year-old sister said he told her the same thing.” Appearing before Makadara Chief Magistrate Emily Ominde, Kyengo, a father of four, asked the court to be lenient.
“I plead with the court to grant me reasonable bail because my wife is also remanded and our children will suffer alone at home,” he said. He was released on a Sh300,000 bond. The hearing begins on September 4. The pastor’s wife, Jackline Musyoka, was charged alongside Julius Mutinda on May 29 for allegedly helping the girl to procure an abortion at a clinic in Kayole.