County Commissioner calls for joint effort to curb defilement cases

Kitui County Commissioner, Mr. Boaz Cherutich on Friday urged officers concerned with children’s matters to work together to stop the increasing number of defilement and rape cases in the county.

Speaking during a County Area Advisory Committee meeting, the commissioner said that police officers, chiefs, parents and elders that participate in ‘kangaroo’ courts that allow suspects go unpunished should be reported and dealt with severely.

He added that crime was becoming rampant under the watchful eyes of some errant law enforcement officers, parents, religious and political leaders who do not speak against it and who sometimes encouraged the ‘kangaroo courts’

Cherutich said that crime would be dealt with adequately if members of the public were sensitized enough on the impact the illegal out of court settlements had on the victims.

He challenged all stakeholders that attended the meeting, especially the media, to spread information against early marriages that were sometimes as a result of the illegal settlements for sexual offences.

The commissioner further called on parents and guardians to counsel and take keen interest on their children to prevent defilement.

By John Kung’u

Source: Kenya News Agency