Governor Kingi to revoke licenses for bars admitting minors

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Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has threatened to revoke licenses of bar owners admitting minors in their clubs.  

Kingi said will not hesitate to take action on the culprits, attributed the phenomenon to the increased teenage pregnancies in the region.

Speaking during the launch of the Kilifi County Adolescents and Young Person’s Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and HIV strategy 2019 to 2022, the Kilifi Governor warned that his enforcement officers and security personnel will begin conducting impromptu visits to local bars and palm wine dens.

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“The war against teenage pregnancy will not succeed if all stakeholders are not involved, as a government we are committed to succeed,’’ Kingi said.

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The Kilifi County boss attributes increased cases of teenage pregnancies to drunkenness.

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Last year, Kilifi County ranked top in cases of teenage pregnancies with a record of more than 17,000 young girls of school going age who had been impregnated.  

The County has since formed a task force which is expected to come up with a report on the same by June.

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And in West Pokot County cases of early marriages, teenage pregnancies and drug abuse have reduced in the past 2 year.

According to a report by West Pokot mentorship program, youth mentorship programs during holidays has helped in reduction of the outdated cultural practices in the county

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