Kwale issues beach and wedding curfew to underage children

Kwale county commissioner Karuku Ngumo who confirmed that 8 suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 70 year old woman in Kwale PHOTO COURTESY

Kwale, KENYA: Kwale County Commissioner Karuku Ngumo has cautioned parents against letting their children roam around the beaches past 6 pm in the evening.

Speaking on Wednesday,  Ngumo said that children aged between 10 to 17 years won’t be allowed to walk along the beaches at night.

He stated that children who defy the order would be punished and their parents charged for negligence.

“Punitive measures would be taken against any child found at the beach during this festive season. We do not want our children to be allowed to attend weddings or go to the beach at night. We will deal with parents if we see children at those places,” said Ngumo.

He further added that a search would be conducted at the beaches and parents whose children are found would be held responsible.

At the same time, Ngumo urged parents to comply with what they are told by their leaders especially matters to do with children affairs.

“We are your leaders and if anything happens to a child we are involved in one way or another,” said Ngumo.

He said that county leaders resolved to have children banned from accessing beaches a move that would see cases of early pregnancies reduce in the area.

This comes just as neighboring Kilifi county which has issued a ban on disco Matangas is grappling with rampant cases of teen pregnancies.