KNA Bungoma County Commissioner, Samuel Kimiti, has cautioned parents, chiefs and village elders against colluding with defilement perpetrators to settle cases at Kangaroo courts.
He said it was a shame that some parents receive some compensation from perpetrators and cover them, instead of reporting the crime to the police station.
Speaking during a meeting with Deputy County Commissioners, health stakeholders and officials from AMREF, Kimiti called on parents, education stakeholders and the security department to work closely and ensure that the culprits are reported to relevant authorities to face legal action.
“Bungoma County is among the counties that have recorded a high number of defilement cases. I appeal to all stakeholders in the entire community to cooperate and ensure that our children are safe,” he said.
Mr. Kimiti directed Deputy County Commissioners from the ten Sub-counties in Bungoma to convene meetings with relevant stakeholders in their respective Sub-counties to have discussions that will come up with long lasting solutions to tame teenage pregnancy.
Doris Rono, Bungoma Central DCC, asked parents in urban centres to stop assigning their children to hawk food items in offices and on the streets, saying that perpetrators use the opportunity to prey on innocent school going children.
Mt. Elgon Sub-county is leading with the highest number of teenage pregnancies that was attributed to poor parenting, domestic conflicts and drug abuse.
In 2019, 21 girls between the ages of 12-14 and 879 girls between ages of 15-19 were impregnated in Mt. Elgon Sub-county.
In Bungoma Central Sub-county, 900 pregnancy cases involving girls aged between 13-15 years were recorded in the year 2020 with 24 cases recorded in the first quarter of 2021.
Kimiti also urged school principals to embrace guiding and cancelling in their institutions.
Mr. Mbuki Mburu, the National Coordinator, Sauti Sasa, a lobby group that advocates against teenage pregnancy in the Country said the organization is working with different players to ensure that the issue of teen pregnancy is ended.