Chiefs and their assistants in Bureti sub-county risk losing their jobs for fail to act on the run away defilement cases within areas of their jurisdiction.
Area Deputy County Commissioner Mrs Alfet Jillo put the administrators on notice with the stern warning after it emerged that local community elders always opted to negotiate and settle most of the defilement cases out of court under the watch of the chiefs.
She warned that the government will no longer entertain negotiations with perpetrators of sexual related offenses and was determined to ruthless deal with chiefs and their assistants who collude with the suspects to suppress justice for the victims of such crimes.
“Those chiefs and their assistants who will negotiate with perpetrators of sexual abuse of minors will certainly go home. They have no business working for the government,” she said.
She said the national government administrators are the government’s eye at the grass root level and it was their responsibility to guarantee the rights of children as stipulated in the Constitution are upheld in their areas of jurisdiction.
The Deputy Commissioner was speaking on Thursday at Chemoiben grounds during a public baraza.
She noted the number of defilement cases in the area were on the rise terming the trend as worrying.
“Every week, a defilement case is reported in Bureti and this is disheartening,” she added.
The administrator attributed the rising cases of defilement to drugs and substance abuse and ordered a crackdown on the same.
In the same breath, the DCC appealed to parents and guardians to watch over their children in a bid to curb increased cases of defilement in the region.
By Sarah Njagi