Concerns have been raised over briefcase organizations that mushroom Kuria regions in Migori ahead of the annual cultural practices that also see young girls engaged in the ‘cut’.
Locals claim that there are non-governmental organizations that flock the villages claiming to be fighting retrogressive cultural practices but vanish once they have received funding from donor agencies.
This comes amid fears that the Bwirege, and Nyabasi clans of the Kuria community are set to take young girls through the dingy cultural paths for the next two months in preparation for societal sensibilities .
Several young girls are expected to flee their homes to rescue centers for fear of facing the knife. Anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) crusaders in Migori have anticipated an increase in the number of escapees given that schools are closed following the outbreak of Covid19.
However, Migori county commissioner Boaz Cherotich issued a stern warning to local administrators and clan elders abetting the vice. Mr Cherotich noted that promotions and job appraisals of the administrators will be pegged on their concerted efforts in rooting out the retrogressive cultural practice.
This comes even as police in Kehancha town on Thursday arrested two people accused of subjecting their 10 year old daughter to FGM.
Kehancha Police boss Mr Cletti Kimayio said the standard one pupil was rescued following a tip off from anti FGM crusaders in the region, a move that saw the minor’s grandmother and the father arrested. The suspects are set to be arraigned in Kehancha Court.
By Basil Okoth