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Woman in custody for subjecting daughters to FGM

Police at Naroosura area in Narok South Sub County have arrested a 30-year-old woman who is alleged to have subjected her two daughters to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Speaking to KNA, the Narok County Children Officer Pilot Khaemba said the children aged 13 and 11 years were taken to Naroosura health centre where they were confirmed to have undergone FGM.

The mother of the minors Nooparakuo Rinka, he said, is being held at Naroosura police station while the minors are under the care of the children’s office.

He said the arrest followed a tip off from the members of the public who informed the authority of the suspected incident of FGM in the homestead.

“The area Chief Moses Tuarari led police officers to the home of Konene Rinka where they found the two minors recuperating after undergoing FGM on November 30, 2022,” he said.

The suspect is expected to be arraigned at the Narok law courts to be charged for abetting FGM.

The arrest comes a day after Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde sounded a warning to chiefs who hide culprits of FGM that they risked losing their jobs.

Masinde blamed the chiefs for accepting cheap gifts like livestock to hide culprits of FGM saying any chief who will fail to report incident of FGM in his area of jurisdiction will be interdicted immediately.

The CC who addressed chiefs and their assistants at Narok Teachers’ Training College called on the administrators to be vigilant during this season as the schools are closed for long holidays.

“You all know that FGM is illegal in the world, yet you are collaborating with the villagers to hide the culprits. A time has come to sack any chiefs and their assistants who will not report FGM incidents in their areas,” he said.

By Ann Salaton

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