MP calls for arrest of deadbeat fathers abdicating their responsibilities

West Mugirango MP, Stephen Mogaka.

West Mugirango Member of Parliament Steve Mogaka has called for the arrest and prosecution of all men in his constituency who have neglected and abdicated their responsibilities of educating their children who they have either sired with their wives or girlfriends.

Mogaka said that cases of single mothers shouldering the burden of educating their children in his constituency  while their fathers are live and enjoying life elsewhere  were  alarming and rampant  and therefore  demanded for the arrest of such fathers .

“A child is a product of man and woman. Most men who have sired children with either their wives or girlfriends have decided to go underground to escape the parental responsibilities. Am now asking them to come back and take their responsibilities or I agitate for their arrest and prosecution so that the court can compel them to do so,” Mogaka warned.

“If you desert your wife or girlfriend after siring a child for one reason or another, you must take the responsibility of taking care of the child you have sired because that is your product.”

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The legislator also asked and challenged the department of children to come to the rescue of the many children who have been neglected by fathers who have sired them particularly when it comes to education and other parental duties.

Mogaka made the remarks at the CDF offices on Friday evening during the disbursement of the bursary funds where it emerged that children of single mothers were the major beneficiaries.

During the ceremony, a total of KSh43 million were disbursed to 9859 students in high schools, colleges and universities.

The universities and colleges were allocated a total of  KSh21 million, secondary schools KSh22 million while university students got KSh7000 each and secondary student KSh6000 each.

The MP also faulted the Treasury for delaying the release of the bursary which he said had affected learning in all the schools.

“These funds we are disbursing today were budgeted for in 2023 but we are receiving them now,” Mogaka added.

He also warned schools principals in his area to discard the culture of sending away students unnecessarily because of school fees saying the move could compromise the education standards in the area.

By Ongondi Nyakundi

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