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Parents asked to be responsible

Parents from Bungoma County have been asked to be responsible in a bid to reduce children going to the streets.
Speaking during Bungoma South sub county Area Advisory council (AAC) meeting held at the Deputy County Commissioner’s boardroom, Bukembe division Assitant County Commissioner Robert Korir called on parents and guardians to take their parental roles seriously.
Korir said many absentee parents in the county were contributing to the rise in number of street children in Bungoma town.
He said that street children were posing a threat to the security of residents saying that some of them were adults and some measures needed to be taken to curb them.
He warned parents who left their children unattended that stern measures would be taken against them, saying they are denying the children their basic needs forcing them to go to the streets and becoming a nuisance to residents of Bungoma town.
The sub county children’s officer, Hellen Mosoti said dealing with children issues requires concerted efforts and asked all stakeholders to come on board and handle children issues.
Mosoti called on all the stakeholders to ensure children live in a conducive environment by ensuring that parents and guardians provide for them the basic needs and protection.
She said that this financial year, Kanduyi constituency has received Sh1, 033,828 from the presidential secondary school scholarship which has been disbursed to bright but needy students in boarding schools.
The children’s officer asked beneficiaries of the orphans and vulnerable children cash transfer funds to use the money for the intended purpose.
She cautioned those who are misusing the funds saying that if found stern measures will be taken against them.
The Assistant county Commissioner asked the county assembly of Bungoma to pass the policy that will enable the county government to address children issues.
By Maureen Imbayi

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