Embu leaders warn against FGM on schoolgirls during holidays

Embu deputy governor Kinyua Mugo addressing parents and ECDE pupils at Gachoka grounds in Mbeere South

Embu leaders have issued stern warning to those involved in Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the county, cautioning them against targeting schoolgirls during the holiday break or face legal consequences.

Speaking at the graduation of more than 800 ECDE learners transitioning to the next grade in Rwika Zone at Gachoka, these leaders emphasized their determination to eradicate this practice, which tends to surge when schools are closed.

Embu County Deputy Governor Kinyua Mugo urged vigilance and immediate reporting of any FGM incidents.

“Parents should ensure their children’s safety during the two-month holiday, as the extended break might tempt FGM practitioners,” he stressed.

Embu deputy governor Kinyua Mugo together with education stakeholders cuts a cake during graduation of ECDE pupils for Rwika Zone in Mbeere south subcounty

Mugo also underlined the threat of early pregnancies to girls’ education and urged parents to remain watchful.

The MCA of Mbeti South Murithi Kiura echoed Mugo’s sentiments, emphasizing the county assembly’s strict law against FGM, with a clear warning of arrest and legal action for those involved.

The leaders further discouraged child labor during the holiday, emphasizing the need for children to enjoy a safe and nurturing environment while at home.

By Brian Kaleti

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