Cases of abandonment on the rise, says Coordinator for Children Services

Busia County Coordinator for Children’s Services Esther Wasige has expressed concern over the rising number of children being abandoned by their mothers.

Speaking during the celebrations to mark the Day of the African Child on Friday, Wasige said that an average of 3- 4 infants were dumped in a week some as young as one day old.

She further said that seven infants were last week dumped by their mothers but they were rescued by the department and kept at Amukura Children’s home.

As we celebrate the Day of the African Child, we could be burying three of the seven rescued children who passed on, she said.

The official at the same time said that cases of defilement were also on the rise with an average of four cases being reported in a week.

Wasige noted that the victims were as young as 10 years and below, adding that the perpetrators were people who were closely related to them or those known to them.

She urged parents and guardians to take good care of children and ensure that they were monitored and protected.

The Coordinator further said that the justice system was well informed and was ensuring that children rights were not violated, adding that parents posed a challenge to the process because they resorted to out of court agreement.

But despite that, we normally pursue the case to the end because nobody is allowed to withdraw such cases unless the prosecution says there is no evidence, she said.

She at the same time cited street children as another challenge with a number of them coming from the neighbouring country of Uganda.

This year’s theme is accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030.

Source: Kenya News Agency