High court judge Justice Aggrey Muchelule has expressed concerns over the increasing number of sexual offence cases in the country.
Muchelule said the country is in the verge of losing the young generation following the long jail terms sexual offenders face.
Speaking on Friday at Kaloleni law courts during a judicial service commission tour of law courts in coast region, Muchelule tasked the court users committees to conduct outreaches in their respective areas by sensitizing the community of the harsh penalties..
Muchelule noted that most of those who commit sexual offences are unaware of the consequences the offences carry in return.
“At least 60 to 70% of offenders in prisons across the country are sexual offenders serving 20 to 30 years, most of them being young men,” he said.
“This means they spend almost all their productive life in jail something that the country is slowly losing its young generation and we need to make sure we do everything possible to reduce the number of sexual offences in the country.”
Justice Muchelule was accompanied by Supreme Court judge Justice Smokin Wanjala, court of appeal judge Justice Mohammed Warsame and Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga during the tour..
Mwinga said the cases will reduce if more courts are established in rural areas and magistrate allowed to interact and sensitize the public on court procedures and rulings. “In Kilifi county most of the sexual offences are from Ganze Sub County and if you examine closely you will realize these people do not know the magnitude these cases have in their lives”
“Ganze is over one hundred kilometers from Kaloleni and offenders are brought to this court or Kilifi court. The Kaloleni CUC will sensitize people around Kaloleni but am sure they will not travel to Ganze. You need to establish a court there so that people can be sensitized too,” he said.
Justice Warsame stressed on the importance role Court Users Committees “CUCs” play in the administration of justice. He said it is through the CUC that sexual offences cases will be reduced.
“If you go out there and tell people that if you defile a girl below the age of ten years the consequences is life imprisonment under article 8 (1) of the sexual offences act, they will think twice. You need to educate people on article 8 (1), 8 (2), 8 (3) and the Mututho laws,” he said.
Justice Warsame said “these are the articles which send most young people to jail.”