Establish kitty to support pregnant teens, Women MPs demand

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A section of women Parliamentarians has vowed to push for establishment of a special fund to support impregnated school going children.

The leaders allied to Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) said the kitty should be factored in the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) which is under county women representatives.

The legislators on Wednesday observed that the majority of impregnated teenagers were students who would face uphill when time to go back to school comes.

Led by their chairperson Gathoni wa Muchomba, the MPs, speaking when they visited to condole a family in Maragua area of Murang’a which recently lost an 8-year old girl in a mysterious murder, said that they would push the National Assembly to create the kitty so as to support the poor girls to realize their future dreams.

They condemned those behind the surge on pregnancies among school going girls claiming that the future of the teenagers has been negatively affected.

Muchomba observed that these young girls would face a lot of challenges to bring up their children yet they would be required to go back for studies.

“We want the government to factor in some funds to help these girls who are really innocent so they can realize their dreams. The money will support the affected teens to bring up their children as well as continue with their studies,” she added.

She proposed for blacklisting of those behind teenage pregnancies saying the culprits should be denied government services including employment.

“The perpetrators of early pregnancies need to be put on a blacklist and be denied crucial services including good conduct certificate, driving licenses and employment,” she observed.

Muchomba further appealed to Interior Ministry administrators to ensure that families of the affected girls get the needed support saying some of the girls were very young and needed counseling.

Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege said that they would form mentorship programmes to help school going girls especially those who were pregnant.

She condemned the increased cases of pregnancy saying the social problem would have far reaching ramifications in the future generation.

Chege castigated men who were enticing young girls to engage in sexual intercourse without considering their future lives.

Meanwhile, the women representative who included; Joyce Kamene (Machakos), Florence Mutua (Busia) and Maragua MP Mary Waithera demanded that police to unearth what led to murder of the grade three girl who was alleged to have been killed by a 15-year boy.

Waithera said it was not clear what prompted the murder as the girl was not defiled as many people could suspect.

“Let police come out tell us the truth what occasioned the murder. From the postmortem report, it indicates the young girl was not defiled. It just showed the child was strangled to death,” remarked Waithera.

On Sunday, the body of Purity Njeri was found buried in a shallow grave in a neighbour’s farm after she went missing on Saturday evening.

The MPs appealed to the Ministry of Interior to beef up security at the Maragua village which recently has reported an increase of bhang abuse.

By Bernard Munyao

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