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Three women charged for circumcising schoolgirls

11 December 2014, 15:41 Arap Yego

Mt Elgon - Three women and one man accomplice have been charged at Sirisia Magistrate court in Bungoma County for allegedly conducting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on schoolgirls in Chepyuk Ward in Mt Elgon.

The suspects were arrested in a swoop led by the area Chief, Jackson Komon and security agents on Tuesday morning at a homestead, where four girls had already undergone the outdated cultural practice.

Kimani Makapi, the Sirisia resident Magistrate, ruled that the four be held in remand or released on a bond of KES 50 000 each and a surety of the same amount.

He also ordered that the case be brought for hearing on December 24 and set January 3, 2014 as the date the case will be determined.

Read Also: Note to Kenyan parents: don't mutilate your daughter

The trial of the four has been hailed by local women leaders from Mt Elgon, led by Jenniffer Mbatiany, the gender women affairs   adviser in the office of the Bungoma County Governor, who noted that it will deter other like-minded individuals.

“This will be an example to other people who will try to practice FGM or compel other girls to go through this harmful practice,” she said.

Mt Elgon local Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization leader, Eunice Jepchumba lauded the court action and asked parents to strive to take their girl children to school rather than make them undergo unhelpful cultural practices like FGM.

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