Kitui teen married off to a 40-year-old man in Kwale
30 April 2015, 14:57
Kwale - A 14-year-old girl from Kitui County has been married off to a 40-year-old man at Makwang’ani village in Kubo, South Kwale County.
The minor who sat her KCPE exam in 2014 is said to have been married off to the man two months ago, according to residents.
Locals who spoke to the press on condition of anonymity asked the government to intervene and ensure the girl is taken back home for studies.
“That is child trafficking. The girl was taken from Kitui and married off to the man who is well known at his 40s. As residents, we are not pleased but there is nothing we can do. We want the government to intervene,” said the source.
The source told journalists that the minor has just been forced into the marriage.
“She is supposed to be in school like other children but someone is keeping her, which is against children rights,” added the source.
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The source added that a Kwale family organized to marry off the girl to their son who divorced his wife three years ago.
“The man had a wife and two children but they divorced three years ago,” noted the source.
Area chief, Matano Nzula confirmed the incident, saying he had not yet confirmed her age.
“I have confirmed there is a new girl at the said family but we want to confirm her age before taking any action. Once I get confirmation, I will get back to you,” he told journalists.
Kwale county director of children department, Stephen Gitau said they will take action once they get directions to the place.
“Once we know the exact place, we will send a team to pick up the minor for protection as we launch investigations into the case. Our first priority is rescuing the girl,” he told journalists on Thursday.
The Kenya’s new Marriage Bill outlaws marriage below the age of 18, and clearly states that no person shall get engaged or betrothed to a person under the age of 18 years.
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