Police have been directed to arrest six youths suspected of gang-raping and violently attacking a Standard Seven pupil in June.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko also directed an inquiry into why the police failed to take action against the suspects.
The attack left the teenager with a spinal injury after the suspects dumped her in a pit latrine to conceal their crime.
As result, she is confined to a wheelchair and has developed obstetric fistula because of the rape, her doctors say.
The matter was reported to Tingolo Administration Police camp in Butula early the following morning by villagers who also arrested three of the suspects.
The officers on duty recorded the attack as assault and released the three after they were made to slash grass as punishment.
The Nation’s DN2 highlighted the girl’s ordeal on October 2, prompting fresh investigations by local police.
However, Butula CID boss, who is leading the investigations, said the suspects, whose names the police have, went into hiding soon after the story was published.
On Wednesday, Mr Tobiko said he had just received the file from his officers in Busia and given the two directives.
“We are on top of this case. My office wants to know under what circumstances they were released,” Mr Tobiko told the Nation.
The Nation Media Group staff visited Gynocare Fistula Centre on Wednesday to pay the girl’s medical expenses.
Corporate communications manager Bernice Macharia presented the cheque for Sh583,000 to the hospital’s project manager, Mr Jared Momanyi, and Dr Florentius Koech, a neurosurgeon, who is also a lecturers at the Moi University.