Makueni County Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr has warned men in the area against defiling children, and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) on women.
Speaking at Tawa Mixed Secondary School in Mbooni constituency, Makueni County during this year’s Jamhuri Day celebrations, Mutula noted that raping and abusing children will never be tolerated.
“If any man wants a relationship with a school-going girl, just get uniform for your wife instead of ruining these young ones’ lives,” he said.
He thanked the Courts for fast-tracking defilement and rape cases and convicting the offenders.
Mutula stated that the County has set aside Ksh85 million for bursaries and Ksh65 million for ECDE teachers to cater for their salaries and construction of additional classes.
County CECM for Gender, Children, Sports and Social Services Nicholas Nzioka urged parents to consider GBV seriously and report such cases immediately.
“These cases are highly pronounced in this area. Rape and defilement cases should be dealt with without relenting. Culprits should face a jail term of not less than 20 years,” he said.
Nzioka encouraged parents to take care of their children and scrutinize their company and be aware of their locations at all times.
He revealed that beginning January 2024, there will be massive recruitment of Persons Living With Disability (PLWDs).
The Minister thus urged all caregivers to register all PLWDs under their care.
“Kindly do not hide these children at home, it’s not a curse to have such a child and they deserve to have an education just like any other child in the country,” he said.
By Lydia Ngoolo
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