Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia has raised concerns over an increase in defilement and early pregnancies in Hindi area after five teenage girls were found expectant this month.
Speaking to KNA at the county headquarters in Mokowe area, the county commissioner further revealed that the police were actively working towards apprehending parents, guardians and elders found liable for covering up defilement cases through Kangaroo courts.
He said that some parents were allowing some perpetrators to go scot free by agreeing to take monies as settlements for the cases.
Macharia further added that any chief or sub chief found liable for condoning the informal courts in their respective jurisdictions will face disciplinary action.
World Vision Lamu Coordinator Allan Kimutai also expressed concern over the increase in defilement and child pregnancy cases that prompted the NGO to raise awareness with security agencies.
“Local and religious leaders need to take a stand by coming out clearly and backing the national government’s push to eradicate defilement cases in Lamu,” Kimutai added.
Sentiments backed by Hindi Ward Representative Anab Mohammed who stated that she is working with religious and government officials to stamp out the rampant use of Kangaroo courts to resolve paedophilia cases.
In 2016, a county social worker study revealed there could be as many as thirty boys and girls in Hindi Primary on ARVs following a spike in child prostitution cases.
“Collectively, as Hindi residents we need to come together and declare a stand against Kangaroo courts, which are partly to blame for serial defilers operating with impunity, knowing informal settlements can always be reached,” the Hindi Ward MCA said.