Vihiga County Commissioner Susan Waweru has warned the Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs against resolving the Sexual Gender Based Violence cases without following due process.
The CC lamented that some administrators have developed a habit of constituting kangaroo courts to handle SGBV cases and warned that those found culpable would face disciplinary action.
Waweru instead instructed the administrators to assist the victims of rape, incest, defilement, neglect and battering to pursue the right channels as they seek redress in the justice system.
The administrator, who was presiding over the launch of 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls in Sabatia Sub County, disclosed that wife- battering cases have become alarming in Hamisi Sub County.
She appealed to parents and guardians to bring up children in a morally upright manner by serving as role models. “The brewing and consumption of illicit brews is one of the contributory factors to domestic violence as well as moral decadence in the society,” she stated adding that security officers will intensify the crackdown on the illegal business.
The County Director for Gender (CDG) Dorothy Murakwa stressed the need for concerted efforts to stem SGBV.
Murakwa called on the adults to play their societal roles of guiding the young and imparting moral lessons to them. She urged the attendees to ensure that the rights of every individual are respected and upheld at all times.
By Sammy Mwibanda