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Chiefs mandated to protect girl child

06 August 2013, 11:52 Arap Yego

Local administrators in Mt Elgon and other parts of the country, who fail to report child molesters in their jurisdictions will be fired.

Chiefs and assistants chiefs who fail to identify suspects who impregnate school going underage girls in their areas will be held responsible.

These are some of the tough stances which the state has adapted to stem runaway cases of teenage pregnancies in Mt Elgon and other parts of Kenya, according to the Deputy President William Ruto.

Speaking after an inter-denominational church service on Sunday in Kapsokwony Primary school, Ruto said the chiefs being government representatives on the ground should play a critical role to stem the vice.

“For every pregnant underage girl, the chiefs and their assistants should be able to identify the culprit responsible. It is against the law and everyone who engages in sex with minors should be brought to book and put behind bars,” he said.

“We should act tough and deal firmly with the culprits to eradicate this debilitating vice. Once some people are arrested and prosecuted, then it will serve as a deterrent to others,” he added.

Referring to a report that highlighted the plight of 18 underage girls in Chepkurkur Primary School in Cheptais District, Ruto said the state is concerned about the future of the young girls.

“It is not good news when the whole world hears that over 18 girls of a single school in Mt Elgon are pregnant. It is a monumental disgrace.   If nothing is done, the people here risk being stereotyped as persons that engage in sexual liaisons with minors and make them pregnant,” said Ruto, who gave a personal donation of KES 1 Million for the construction of a girls' education and rescue centre at Chepkurkur Primary school in Kopsiro division.

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