In Summary
  • Another man suspected to be a recruiter of the girls is also in police custody.
  • It was not immediately established where he intended to take the two children but he claimed that he was finalising plans to marry one of them.
  • Mr Ukes told journalists that he had already paid eight cows and Sh7,500 as part of dowry to the girl’s parents.
  • The two girls who could neither speak in Swahili or English said the foreigner picked them up at their home on Tuesday morning.

Police in Meru are holding a New Zealand national suspected of being involved in a child trafficking and pornography syndicate.

Mr Baha Ukes, 38, was arrested at Nakumatt Mall in Meru town on Tuesday evening in the company of two underage Samburu sisters.

Another man suspected to be a recruiter of the girls is also in police custody.

The foreigner is alleged to have picked the two girls at Sere Olipi in Wamba, Samburu County and travelled with them to Meru.

It was not immediately established where he intended to take the two children but he claimed that he was finalising plans to marry one of them.

Police who were acting on a tip-off from their colleagues at Archers Post arrested the four and took them to the Meru Police Station.

PAID DOWRY

Mr Ukes told journalists that he had already paid eight cows and Sh7,500 as part of dowry to the girl’s parents.

He said he was in the country to take scenic photographs to be captured in a book he intends to publish when he fell in love with one of the girls.

He further claimed that the girls' parents were finalising plans to get an identification card (ID) for the girl to be married off.

“Together with the parents, we were at an advanced stage in finalising plans so that I could marry one of the girls.

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