Uhuru on teenage pregnancies: Perpetrators will face the full wrath of the law

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President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the official closing ceremony for the training of the Regional and County Commissioners, County Directors of Housing & Municipal Managers on the roll-out of the National Hygiene Program at KICC on July 2, 2020. PHOTO | State Dept for Housing &Urban Devt.

President Kenyatta on Thursday said that there will be hell to pay for those who have impregnated minors across the country.

He said this at the KICC in Nairobi, during the close of a two-day training workshop on Kazi Mtaani for Regional and County Commissioners.

He noted that area chiefs will be answerable on how school-going children were defiled under their watch.

“You as the area chief will have to answer, where were you when all this was happening?” he asked.

He warned that those responsible for impregnating minors would face the full wrath of the law once DNA results were out.

“People must be disciplined, how do we allow people to go around impregnating young girls, and we do not say anything? We are going to wait for the DNA and those people will pay,” he said.

A survey by the Kenya Health Information System had shown that about 4,000 girls aged 19 years and below were reported pregnant in Machakos County between January and May.

A report by the National Council on Population and Development (NCPD) showed that two out of five teenagers in Kenya are either young mothers or pregnant.

Since the pandemic was reported in the country in early March, 20,828 girls aged between 10 and 14 years have become mothers while the older girls aged between 15-19 years, 24,106 are either pregnant or mothers already.