FGM practices on the rise in Nakuru

Nakuru County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha has warned those engaging in Female Genital Mutilation practices in Nakuru that their days are numbered.
Addressing media in his office on Wednesday morning, Nkanatha noted that Mauche, in Njoro sub county had reported rising cases.  15 people have already been arrested on the same.

Crude weapons used in FGM
Crude weapons used in FGM

“I would like to sound a warning to those engaging in FGM practices that the security agents will not spare you on this. Already we have arrested 15 people on the same and the hunt will go on”he said.
The County Commissioner also called on the society to cooperate with police in ensuring that those engaging in such practices which are illegal are arrested and prosecuted.
Nkanatha noted that the fight against the practice can only be achieved if the public will cooperate with the police in various sub counties.
“I would also like to appeal to the public to cooperate with the police in ensuring that those propagating FGM are arrested and prosecuted.Let us give information to the police”he said.
Meanwhile, Mrs Mary Tinga, who is a member of Loreto sisters msongari- a group that has been spearheading anti FGM campaigns in Kericho, Nakuru and Bomet counties under the leadership of Virginia Wambui Gachiri said that FGM has become rampant in Mauche area despite the group carrying out sensitization meetings with a view to creating awareness on the negatives of the practice.
She said that FGM was a common cause of Fistiula adding that the Linah Jebii led ANTI FGM BOARD should extend its mission to the area.
She said that since 2011 the group has rescued 390 women and girls and taken them to Jamaa mission hospital, Kenyatta hospital and Moi teaching and referral hospital.
“The practice is contributing factor to family breakup and girls dropping out of school”she said.
Mrs Tinga pointed out that with the limited resources they have , it is difficult for them to reach out to most of the targeted people especially in the rural areas unlike in urban and semi urban areas.

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