Chiefs and their assistants from Narok county have pledged to support the ongoing war on female genital mutilation, undertaking an oath of commitment to ending the vice by 2021.
The administrators drawn from 6 sub-counties in the region made the commitment during a meeting held at Narok stadium where they committed to collaborate and work with other stakeholders in creating awareness within their communities on the need to promote education and the well-being of the girl child.
According to Paul Famba, a Director of Administration at the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, the oath was a declaration in support of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s pronouncement to end the illegal practice in the country by 2022.
Famba telling the administrators that it will not be business as usual and they shall be held personally responsible if such retrogressive acts are practised within their areas of jurisdiction.
He said FGM is an archaic cultural practice that assaults the well-being of individuals and society and pitched for its complete eradication.
“Just like everything else, a time comes when one gets exposed to newer ways of life. It is time therefore for all of us to discard retrogressive cultures for the benefit of the nation,” said Famba.
Despite Kenya criminalizing female genital mutilation in 2011, the tradition of circumcising girls has continued in some ethnic communities with Narok among regions leading in vices that amount to an abuse of the girl child including FGM, teenage pregnancies and early marriages.
Anti-FGM chief executive officer Benedict Loloju and Anti-FGM chair Agnes Pareiyo who were at the Friday ceremony said more needs to be done as millions of girls remains at risk of undergoing the cut.
The two said chiefs and their assistants have the network to detect such atrocities and protect the girl child from retrogressive cultural rites that have placed the vulnerable group at a disadvantage.
Narok County Commissioner Evans Achoki who also launched the school furniture project that will see Jua kali artisans supply over 9,000 locally assembled desks to schools in the county, rallied the chiefs to lead the onslaught against the retrogressive practice and assured them of the government’s support.