Alarm Over Rising Rape, Incest Cases in Bungoma

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Leaders in Bungoma County including the clergy, non-governmental organizations and youth organizations have raised alarm over a surge in cases of defilement of minors by close relatives including their fathers.



Speaking to the press, Milsane Kiplai, County Adolescent sexual reproductive health coordinator blamed parents and guardians for neglecting their children adding that some parents have left their children where many have been converted to street boys while girls hawk items on town streets.

She noted that to ensure all children are in school parents should work closely with the children department, the church, youth organizations and the school to ensure that their children’s moral values are mentored and shown the right direction.

She appealed to female parents to be careful with young girls to ensure that they stay well to avoid defilement from their fathers and big brothers.

“Bungoma County has recorded a high number of incest and defilement cases from their real fathers, it my humble appeal to mothers to be careful with their husbands when girls are left at home with them,” he said.



However, Kiplai noted that Children’s office doesn’t receive all defilement cases as some are sorted out in Kangaroo courts asking parents to report the cases to relevant authorities.

Kiplai lauded the office of Bungoma county commissioner for working with different organizations to ensure that defilement, incest and early teenage pregnancy message is spread across the county, urging youths across the county to visit youth friendly services offered by Amref health Africa in all Sub-Counties and be advised accordingly.

“I thank our county commissioner because he is with us everywhere we go for sensitization. We will be moving around the county to ensure that teens are educated,” she said.

Tracyter Mutala, a youth advocate in Bungoma County urged school heads to embrace guiding and counseling sessions in schools so that learners can be taught life skills.

“Youths should be sensitized on reproductive health so that the society can avoid frequent issues of crude abortion,” she noted.
 

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