Kitui Woman MP, Dr Irene Kasalu has petitioned the Ministry of Education to swiftly probe pro-abortion activists, Marie Stopes International, for allegedly duping teenagers in a Kitui school into taking contraceptives.
The activists reportedly visited Archbishop Boniface Lele Secondary School Mang’elu in Kitui West last week and allegedly gave female students assorted contraceptives, including birth control pills and Norplant.
Norplant is a hormone-carrying rod used to prevent pregnancy and is usually inserted under the skin on the upper arm.
It is effective for up to five years but has dire side-effects such as prolonged and irregular menstrual bleeding, breast pain, vomiting, weight gain and scalp hair loss.
Speaking yesterday after she visited the school, the Women Representative condemned the incident which she termed as unacceptable, immoral and criminal.
“It very regrettable that the activists introduced parenting lessons to minors when they should actually be encouraging them to focus on their studies and shun irresponsible sex behaviour,” she lamented.
Dr Kasalu demanded that legal action be taken against accused organisation alongside the school’s administration, including the principal Mr Andrew Kwale, for granting Marie Stopes access to the institution and learners.
She also beseeched the affected students to promptly seek medical attention in order to reverse effects of contraceptives allegedly administered to them before it was too late.
The activists are said to have visited the school under the guise of offering guidance and counselling lessons to the teenage girls but allegedly conducted the condemnable activities after they were left alone with the children.
However, Ms Harriet Owire, who led the Marie Stopes team, denied that they gave contraceptive to the students aged between 14 and 17 years, and maintained that they only counselled individual students after the main lecture on reproductive health.