Aggressive religious leaders campaign to end FGM

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Bishop Peter Moseti of Zion Harvest International

Religious leaders found abetting Female Genital Mutilation could find themselves punished according to the rules laid by the interfaith council. 

Church leaders while concluding three days anti-FGM sensitization campaign at Sunset Hotel Kehancha, resolved to escalate punishment of any religious leader in Kuria Community who aid continued outlawed practice. 

The leaders agreed that the aggressive church approach on anti-FGM campaign will solidify unity of more than 100 church denominations established in Kuria East and Kuria West.

 They revealed of working closely with Migori County Interfaith Council which will provide leadership ahead of FGM season from November this year.

 Led by Bishop Peter Moseti of Zion Harvest International said the church has sent strong anti-FGM message and the real impact will be felt when the trained religious leaders will be meeting their members during warship.

 Bishop Moseti said past government arrest and detention approach of the FGM perpetrators had not stopped the practice but instead heightened animosity and resistance from the community elders who are the custodians of the practice.

He expressed confidence that the church approach will succeed because the church leaders are in control of their followers. He said the leaders will tailor their anti-FGM messaging while weighing down the health, spiritual and other damaging social effects of the outlawed practice.

 Bishop Moseti regretted that the elders promoting FGM are school drop outs who have nothing to help the community other issuing inconsequential threats.

 Mary Kwamboka, Adventist Relief Agency- Kenya official in charge of Anti FGM campaign said more than 80 percent of Kuria community are attached to denomination or religion which makes it easier for their leaders to pass anti-FM messaging.

 Kwamboka said the three days training of the religious leaders on dangers of FGM and how they can help in stopping the practice is part of the implementation of President Uhuru Kenyatta call to end FGM by 2022. She said the religious leaders under the interfaith council will engage the elders who are the custodians of FGM. The training was organized by ADRA-Kenya together with UNICEF. 

By Basil Okoth