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Couple in court for violating childrens rights

04 October 2012, 05:11 Tony Karomo

A couple was yesterday arraigned in a Meru court charged of violating their children rights by denying them access to medical attention claiming it’s against their religion doctrines.

The accused Mr. Joseph Kobia and his wife Wanjiku Kobia appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate D.W. Mburu charged of failing to take their two ill children to hospital and instead embarked on prayers for cure.

The two who are members of Kabonokia church were arrested on 29th March this year at Ntima location in Imenti North District.

The first accused Mr Kobia told the court that their religion does not allow them to seek medical attention in any hospital but in church though prayers.

The court was told how area chief Stanley Ngeera rescued the children at Gakoromone area in critical condition as parents prayed for them in the house before they were rushed to Meru Level five Hospital where they were admitted.

The children were Wagaki Kobia and Mureithi Kobia aged 1 and 3 years respectively. 

The two accused are said to be members of the Kabonokia religious faithful which do not subscribe to modern ways of treatment like going to hospital once taken ill and their only hope of healing is through prayer.

The couple also informed the court that they saw nothing offensive in failing to take their children to hospital since they themselves had never stepped in any health facility to seek medical attention quoting Jacob  5: 13 in the Bible as their basis for their practice.

Mr. Kobia told the court how they invoked the Neno La Kweli church elders and successfully called for God's intervention to heal their children claiming it was not the first time for the them to fall.

The verdict will be passed on the 24th October this year.

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