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Parents in Busia blamed for poor parenting

10 April 2014, 12:55 Jane Zack

Busia - Parents in Busia County have been blamed for giving their children permission to attend discos at funerals commonly known as “disco matanga” which contribute to child abuse and early pregnancies among teenage girls in the County.

Jane Nkatha, a children’s officer, reiterated that underage children who attend the dances at night engage themselves in morally degrading activities.

Speaking during the ongoing three day workshop for members of Matayos Area Advisory Council at a Busia hotel, Nkatha regretted that poor parenting skills have contributed to the increasing number of street urchins, sexual exploitation, school dropout among other vices.

The officer regretted that a number of parents had abandoned collective parenting of children and instead adopted personal parenting where other parents do not care about their neighbors’ children adding that the don’t care attitude was ruining many children.

Nkatha noted that scores of parents have copied the western culture leaving their children free to do whatever they desired.

Busia County Director of children services, Auston Maungu urged the members to ensure that there is a coordinated service provision for the children and called upon them to operate at a higher level in a bid to empower the child protection system.

“You need to have knowledge and skills on how to ensure that the child is protected from exploitation using our facilities such as the child protection systems, the police and the county government.” he cautioned.

Maungu said that plans are underway to construct a Children Protection Center meant to be a one stop shop for children services.

“We expect to have a police officer, a children’s officer, a counselor, accommodation and a doctor and everyone else who will assist children who are in need of care and protection,” he said.

The officer further urged parents to monitor the activities their children engage themselves in so as to take the necessary measures in time.

Also, Maungu warned that those found guilty of playing loud music that in turn attract school going children at night will face the full force of the law and get stiff penalties.

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