The National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) has set aside Ksh 7.2 million to empower women to engage in income generating activities for self-reliance.
Makueni County NGAAF Coordinator Benjamin Wambua said the funds will be used to purchase saloon kits as well as table banking for women groups to generate income especially during this coronavirus pandemic.
Wambua disclosed that the monies will be disbursed equally to the 30 wards across the County.
He noted that the pandemic has led to loss of livelihoods in many low income households leading to an increase in family feuds and domestic violence in the area.
“Many women depend on their husbands for upkeep, but with the massive loss of jobs due to the pandemic this is no-longer the case and the money is supposed to boost income for women,” Wambua said.
He decried the rising number of defilement cases across the County and saying NGAAF has partnered with the Judiciary to fast-track the hearing and determination of sexual offences among children and young girls.
Wambua said NGAAF has rolled out sensitization programmes for young girls to empower them on how to protect themselves against sexual and gender based violence.
Speaking when he received a petition on behalf of the County Commissioner, Wote Assistant County Commissioner Bernard Nicolas urged parents not to abdicate their roles and instead protect their children especially in this period when schools are closed due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The ACC warned parents against settling cases of defilement in Kangaroo courts noting that such cases should be reported to the police and the culprits apprehended.
“I urge chiefs and their assistants to stop holding kangaroo courts in their areas of jurisdiction,” said the ACC.