Protect children from violence, urges Deputy CJ

Parents, guardians and teachers and not the state, bear the greatest responsibility in protecting children, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu Friday said.

Mwilu said majority of children who suffer abuses and violation of rights was due to neglect and lack of supervision from those mandated to safeguard them.

She said it was disheartening to see children suffer in the hands of the very people trusted to protect them, adding that children should never be seen to seek for justice, but elders are supposed to do so on their behalf.

The DCJ explained that even though the judiciary implements measures to promote and protect the well-being of children, in many cases it becomes too late as the child will already have experienced grave trauma.

Mwilu was emphatic that protection of children rights must begin at homes and schools.

Speaking Friday when she presided over the presentation of desks at the Kangemi Primary school, the DCJ urged members of the society to protect innocence of children, especially in the advent of challenges brought about by social media, internet and the wanton discrimination of children with special needs.

If we do not earnestly invest in our children now, particularly the most vulnerable amongst them, we condemn them to a bleak future, Mwilu reiterated.

She said there was need to secure a better future for our children by providing them with a conducive environment for learning and offering other basic needs.

Giving desks to this school illustrates the willingness of partners in the criminal justice system to go beyond laws and legislation, to come together and give back to the society, in order to improve lives of children, she said.

Westlands Member of Parliament (MP) Timothy Wanyonyi said that there is more work to be done in feeding the over 2, 000 pupils at the facility.

He also urged parents with disabled children to enroll them in schools for special units program.

The school heads teacher Mary Mudaki said the judiciary donation of 200 desks and lockers will help in curbing the existing shortage of furniture at the learning institution.

The donation was a joint-venture involving members of the Nairobi County Criminal Courts (CUC), the Kenya Women Judges Association (KWJA), Taskforce on Children’s Matters and the Association of Charitable Children’s of Kenya (ACCIK).

Source: Kenya News Agency