2 Assistant Chiefs arrested for supporting FGM

Written By: Lynace Mwashighadi

Dr. Kamau said the outlawing of female circumcision was against the culture of many African communities and should be reviewed.

Police in Kajiado are holding five people among them two assistant chiefs for allegedly abetting female genital mutilation.

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The two assistant chiefs who have been subsequently sacked from their posts were arrested alongside a traditional doctor and two elderly men during an operation where two minors were rescued minutes before they could undergo the rite.

The two assistant chiefs from Saikiri and Osonorua sub-locations within Kajiado County were nabbed after locals tipped the police about the impeding rite of passage which however remains illegal.

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Area chief with the help of armed police officers raided the home in the wee hours of the morning despite resistance from villagers.

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The two girls were rescued with the traditional circumciser armed with her tools of trade.

Two men who are said to have been on standby to marry the two minors were also taken into police custody.

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The girl’s parents managed to evade the police dragnet however and their whereabouts remain unknown.

According to reports, the two sub chiefs have been abetting and colluding with parents to carry out in secrecy early child marriages and FGM despite the two vices being outlawed.

The Two are expected to be arraigned in court today on charges of abdicating their duties while the three other culprits are being held at Namanga police station waiting to be arraigned in court.

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Kajiado County Commissioner David Kipkemei condemned both incidents and saying administrators found to be supporting FGM and early Marriages will face the full wrath of the law.

Kipkemei who attributed the upsurge of the cases to the on-going heavy down pour says that most school going girls are at home providing an opportunity for some parents to practice the vice.




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