Kitui county government has warned Child sex offenders who have been ruining education of the girl child.
The County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti attributed the alarming number of pregnancies among school girls to runaway paedophiles.
“Let child molesters stay warned that their days are numbered. The government is keen on protecting the girl child against these pervert and they won’t be spared. This is a crime,” he cautioned.
The county security chief regretted that the state of affairs had led to increased school dropouts due to unwanted pregnancies.
Besides, Mr. Kimiti said that girls were being married off at the expense of their education and urged parents to support the authorities in protecting girls.
He spoke in Kitui Central primary school when he joined Kitui Women Representative Irene Kasalu to launch distribution of sanitary towels to upper primary girls across the county.
The Member of Parliament said that her office was partnering with that of the County Commissioner in spearheading prevention of early pregnancies besides promoting girl child education.
“Unlike boys, girls are very vulnerable and must be protected especially from paedophiles,” noted Mrs. Kasalu.
She decried rampant molestation of young girls in the area and called for arrest, prosecution and incarceration of child sex offenders in Kitui.
“We want the culprits to stay warned that the law will catch with them because they have no right to destroy the education and future of our girls,” she added.
Kasalu also lamented that Kitui cannot compete favorably with other regions if girls will continue dropping out of school at such a tender age.
She flagged off a consignment of over 2.2 million sanitary towels to be distributed to 555,133 upper primary pupils in the county and expected to last for four months.
The donation is part of a State’s pro-girl education initiative to be rolled out countrywide through the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs ministry.