FGM on the rise in Embu, says board chairlady

By: REUBEN GITHINJI

Female genital mutilation is on the rise in Embu county, an anti-FGM board official has said.

Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Board chairperson Jebii Kilimo said while the barbaric trend is declining in other areas, Embu ranks fourth in prevalence.

She said previously, Embu was not amongst the top 10 counties with the highest prevalence of the FGM, but now has become the fourth.

Kilimo spoke at Kitololoni village on Thursday at during an anti-FGM campaign organised by ActionAid.

She said most of the parents whose children are undergoing the rite did not pass through it.

Kilimo said FGM is secretly carried out by health workers, as traditional circumcisers abandon it.

She was accompanied by ActionAid chief executive Jane Mwereru and Embu woman representative Rose Mitaru.

“We are trying to see whether FGM would be included in the schools’ curriculum. This will help kick the practice out of Kenya,” Mwereru said.

She urged area administrators and police to ensure no girl will be circumcised during the December holiday when the practice is rampant.

The board in its effort to show the harm brought about by the practice, displayed pictures showing its harm.

During the meeting representatives of Mbeere Council of Elders, church leaders and the board made a resolution to eradicate the practice from the county.