By Beth Nyaga
Law enforcement agencies in Garissa County have vowed to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of female genital mutilation in the area.
The law enforcers who included Nyumba Kumi elders said nobody will be spared in the crackdown.
Led by Sankuri Chief Abdirahman Mohamed, the group advised the local community to familiarize themselves with the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act, 2011.
They were speaking yesterday during a public awareness forum on FGM conducted by the Anti-FGM Board at Sankuri Primary School.
Mr. Mohamed said the local community was gradually changing its stand on FGM adding that majority of the people were now aware of the consequences of the practice.
“We call on other stakeholders to join us in this fight against FGM. Through sensitization programs like this, many families are now abandoning the practice,” he said.
The administrator lauded the Anti-FGM Board saying its campaigns against FGM in county have began to bear fruits as witnessed by the number of people who have quit the practice.
Sankuri village elder Yussuf Abdi Ali said FGM was a punitive and outdated practice which has no place in modern day society.
“It is a painful and barbaric practice. We will no
“We longer allow our young girls to undergo such a passage,” said Sankuri village elder Yussuf Abdi Ali.
The Anti-FGM Board is in Garissa County to sensitize the community on dangers of FGM ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM which will be held at Sankuri Primary School on Monday.