24 February 2012, 16:08
Imenti South District children’s officer, Mr. Paul
Ndung’u has attributed increasing cases of destitute children in the district
to social vices affecting family stability.
Speaking in his office, Mr. Ndung’u said vices such as
rampant brewing and excessive consumption of illicit alcoholic substances had
rendered fathers irresponsible leaving the mothers overburdened with family
The children’s officer challenged fathers to be more
proactive in ensuring their family roles were adequately taken care of in a bid
to have their presence and contribution felt in the fending for their families.
pointed out that some men had indulged in uncontrolled consumption of illicit
brews to an extent of neglecting their own health and upkeep as they spend any
income they may have to buy local brews.
He noted that those who had overindulged in the
consumption of illicit brews had no time to feed well hence becoming very weak
which subjects some of them to domestic violence as their wives project their
The children’s officer also observed that abdication of
duty creates disharmony among family members making the environment at home
very unfriendly for both parents and their children.
Mr. Ndung’u further urged irresponsible parents
especially fathers not in formal employment to consider relieving mothers of
some family tasks in a bid to create mutual understanding for family
He cautioned parents against neglecting their children
and subjecting them to being in need of care and protection for lack of the basic
provisions such as food, clothing and shelter including education saying the
government was committed to ensuring children enjoyed their human and
constitutional rights towards becoming reliable and reputable citizens.
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