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Machakos Women rep lauds President’s crackdown on clinics offering contraceptives to underage girls

Machakos Women Representative Joyce Kamene Kasimbi has lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to effect a nation-wide crackdown on private clinics offering emergency contraceptives to underage girls.

Ms. Kasimbi took to her Facebook and WhatsApp group social media platforms to praise the President’s move terming it fatherly and most timely.

“As the County MP, under whose purview matters to do with the girl child rests; I support in total the President's directive on matters to do with adolescent pregnancies,” said Ms. Kasimbi.

“Truly, the State President's directive to County Commissioners to effect a nation-wide crackdown on private clinics offering emergency contraceptives to underage girls is fatherly and most timely,” added Ms. Kasimbi.

She reiterated that such practitioners were murderously selfish people who promoted with impunity the culture of sexual profligacy for beastly persons who procured such services for the girls.

“This measure by the State President will go a long way in dealing a lasting blow to teenage pregnancies, abortions and runaway sexual promiscuity, by our minors,” she pointed.

On Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared war on private clinics in the country offering emergency contraceptives to underage girls by ordering a nationwide crackdown led by County Commissioners to end the vice.

According to the President, such practitioners are inculcating a culture of sexual promiscuity for sex pests, who procure such services for the girls, and providing “sexual insurance,” for the minors.

Education Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Zack Kinuthia said the President wants to find a lasting solution to the rise in teenage pregnancies in the country.

“It is not in any Kenyan law that minors access family planning health services since planning is about those in legally recognized marital unions,” said Kinuthia.

Speaking separately, Mwala Sub-county Criminal Investigations officer Catherine Kinoti welcomed the proposed child protection center to be at built at Masii police station by the Machakos Women Representative.

According to Ms. Kinoti, the center will be significant in boosting child justice in the area given that the victims would have a safe refuge to shelter themselves as they await justice.

She noted that this would help in the war against people who violate children rights especially on issues of defilement and other heinous acts melted on minors.

“It is always hard for police officers especially the OCS since they may not know where to take the children who have been defiled or whose rights have been violated,” said Ms. Kinoti.

Last week, Ms. Kasimbi condemned the rising cases of underage pregnancies in the country terming them a violation of children rights.

The Woman Rep pointed that all women leaders in Parliament would support the proposed Reproductive Health Care Bill, 2019 and that an amendment of the Sexual Offences Act should ensure that confirmed offenders were referred for vasectomy as the remedy for the offence.

Ms. Kasimbi who was flanked by Mwala Sub-County Police Commander Ronald Kirui, the Criminal Investigations Officer-Catherine Kinoti, Rev. Benjamin Musyoki (AIC-Mbaikini) called on all leaders to be up in arms in fighting teenage pregnancies.

She reiterated that underage children ought to be protected from such evils adding that all perpetrators must be brought to book and dealt with according to the law.

The Women Rep further vowed to spearhead the setting up of a child protection center at the Masii police station that would house and protect minors involved in sexual abuse cases as they pursue justice.

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