Chiefs in Murang’a have been ordered to closely work with police to apprehend men who have impregnated local school girls.
Murang’a County Commissioner Mr. John Elung’ata ordered the administrators to investigate and present the names of those found culpable or suspicious of impregnating underage girls to the police.
He told a Jamuhuri Day Celebrations held at Rurie Grounds in Mathioya Sub County, that people suspected of committing sexual related offenses should face the law to deter other intending to do so.
Elung’ata observed that Chiefs and their assistants who are well conversant with residents of their areas of jurisdiction and could easily get information about men behind rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the area.
He decried that in Mathioya Sub County alone, more than 69 school girls were found pregnant by the time they sitting for their national examinations this year.
“The people engaging in sexual intercourse with girls aged below 18 years are criminals and should be put behind bars,” stressed the commissioner.
He announced plans to embark on campaign to condemn the social vice and sensitize parents on how to be on look to prevent early pregnancies among their children.
“We will partner with the clergy, elected leaders and other education stakeholders in sensitization campaigns to curtail this social evil being meted on our children,” added Elung’ata.
His sentiments were echoed by Murang’a county assembly speaker Mr. Nduati Kariuki who said early pregnancies usually spoils future lives of the victims.
He challenged leaders not only to embark in agitating for physical developments saying social evils especially among people possess threat to future generation.
“We should not be quiet on these social evils like drug abuse, early pregnancies, school dropouts among others but instead leaders should be in fore front in condemning these vices and come up with a solutions to the problems,” noted the speaker.
Mathioya MP Peter Kimari who was present during the occasion observed that the number of pregnant girls was alarming and demanded for immediate action to save the girl child from the ‘sex pests’.
Kimari said the government is giving many resources to support education of children saying those impregnating young girls are out to spoil their lives.
Meanwhile the commissioner stated crackdown to nab drivers and other road users who flout traffic rules will continue.
He said during the festive season security team will be alert to apprehend drivers who try to take advantage of many travelers to flout traffic rules.
By Bernard Munyao