Migori multi agency security team headed by Migori County Commissioner Mr. Mwangi Meru have met to elaborate on the 100 percent elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kuria.
Speaking in a meeting that brought together the security team, opinion leaders, Non-Governmental Organizations and the church at Maranatha Church, Kehancha town, Mr. Meru gave a stunning warning to the area security administrators that included Assistant County Commissioners, Sub County Commanders, and Chiefs to ensure that the FGM vice is ended before the elapse of President Uhuru Kenyatta Decree in 3 months’ time. Mr. Meru said that FGM had denied many Kuria girls decent lives and that the practice was infringing on the rights of children that need protection from their parents. He urged the Chiefs to ensure that they gather evidence based intelligence to ensure that the culprits who were parents and FGM perpetrators are arrested and charged in court. He said that committees will be formed at every level right from the Sub Chiefs to Assistant County Commissioners to ensure that correct and evidence based data is collected. He urged the Kuria men to be at the forefront in fighting FGM. He noted that men are the voices at home and have a final say on whether to allow or deny the rights for their girls to undergo the cut. Meru said that the committees that will be formed at every level will be giving out weekly reports to ensure that the vice is dealt with promptly. Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) Chairperson Kuria East Ms. Maryann Bhoke urged the men to be role models and help to end the vice. She advised the Kuria girls to desist from the notion that if they do not undergo the cut they will not get married. Ms. Bhoke said that the FGM perpetrators have changed tactics by practicing FGM before the circumcision period. She noted that the FGM perpetrators were committing the evil acts in September, instead of FGM seasons of October and November to avoid being caught. She also pointed out that the FMG perpetrators have been shifting girls from one place to another and sometimes taking them across the border in order to initiate the cut. She noted that Kuria politicians were not helping to stop the FGM because they knew if they advocated for the same they will not be reelected. Ms. Bhoke, however, noted that the Kuria Women Network had acquired a plot at Kehancha Niunyige Village and were asking the help of both the County and National governments to help them built it to act as a rescue center for FGM victims. In May this year, Migori County launch two policy papers penned to comprehensively fight FGM in Kuria Sub Counties. The Migori County Costed Action Plan and The Minimum Service Package aimed at eliminating and realizing zero FGM status in the county.