Murang’a boys cautioned against joining criminal gangs

Young men who have undergone initiation programs in Murang’a County have been cautioned against being recruited into criminal groups.

Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria says criminal gangs usually target boys who have undergone circumcision to recruit and introduce them into committing crimes besides inducting them into drug abuse.

Some years back, the governor observed that in Murang’a many boys were being initiated by outlawed groups like Mungiki who introduced them to bad behavior including extortion.

He said the illegal groups took advantage of the process initiating boys.

Wa Iria was speaking during the graduation of 2, 000 boys who have undergone a 9-day initiation programme at Kabati on Monday.

The programme where the boys were trained on various life skills after they underwent circumcision was sponsored by the county government in partnership with various churches.

Wa Iria lauded the local churches for sponsoring such programs saying they usually help to mound young men into responsible people.

As county government we are committed to sponsor initiation programs which play a very important role in making our boys responsible, he added.

During this year’s programme, the governor said they were targeting children from poor families who could not afford to pay for the programme organized by private organizations.

We have also given priority to physically and mentally challenged children who in most cases are ignored, observed Wa Iria.

He divulged that his administration will continue to sponsor vocational training to young people so as to equip them with technical skills to enable them initiated income generating projects.

Last financial year, Wa Iria said the county trained more than 30, 000 youths in short courses which have helped majority to employ themselves.

This year we have a similar programme and we will only recruit only those who have cleared form 4 and that’s why I am encouraging those who have cleared KCPE to join secondary schools. he said.

The county government, he noted through community leaders will ensure all those finished class eight will transit to form one.

The government from next year will be offering free secondary education and we will ensure all class eight leavers in this county proceed to secondary schools. he stressed.

Source: Kenya News Agency