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Parents cautioned against child labour

23 November 2012, 14:16 Oduor Omondi

Nyando District Officer Alfet Jillo has issued a stern warning to parents who encourage child labor to either stop or be met by the full wrath of the law.

Speaking in Awasi, Jillo cautioned parents and guardians against sending their children to fetch firewood, selling merchandise during market days, or working in the rice fields and sugarcane plantations.

The District Officer disclosed that children in Wan'ganga area fetch firewood when others go to school; others frequent Ahero, Awasi and other market centers to hawk various merchandize for extra cash.

"This has not only interfered with the development of the children but also their education," he said.

He pointed out that some other children in Ahero engage in the scrap metal business, adding that police were following crucial information that could lead to the arrest of a woman who has been using the children to collect the scrap metals.

Jillo disclosed that child abuse incidents such as marrying of underage girls was on the increase in Nyando district but assured that proper measures have been put in place to curb the vices.

"Children are the only resource we can safeguard to warrant the existence of future generation. This can be done by ensuring that they are brought up as morally responsible citizen", he stated.

Meanwhile, Kisumu County Director of Children Services, Charles Ondogo has taken a swipe at churches which have continuously refused to allow their members to take children for immunization against measles and polio.

Ondogo has dismissed such Religious organizations who claim to have healing powers and so dissuaded faithful from Government sanctioned treatment including immunization as ‘a big disgrace in this time and age.’

"It is unfortunate that some clergymen held prayer sessions during the just concluded immunization exercise where they persuaded their members not to take their children for immunization saying that they possess healing powers against evil spirits and diseases", he said.

However, Ondogo emphasized the need to dialogue first with such people before resorting to any legal steps, arguing that they could be acting out of ignorance.

He revealed that the government will reach out to leaders of denominations such as "Yesu Kende Religious Sect" before rounding them up for prosecution if they decline to adhere to the law during the next round of immunization exercise.

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