Why Kwale deputy governor wants children locked in police stations

Kwale Deputy Governor Fatuma Achani speaking during a past event./Brivian Simiyu

Kwale, KENYA: Kwale deputy governor Fatuma Achani wants children caught loitering and attending night vigils locked in police stations.

Achani who was addressing a public during the launch of 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence GBV at Magodzoni in Matuga sub-county faulted parents for failing to take care of their children hence leading to increased cases of early pregnancies attributed to children attending weddings and other odd-hours celebrations.

“I really get irritated whenever I attend weddings and find a large number of youths and children dance to obscene music while parents watch. Every parent needs to be responsible for what their children are doing,” she said.

Achani warned that actions will be taken against under-age youths found roaming around the weddings or any other night celebrations saying that they should be arrested and taken to police station.

She said that children have no business attending the night ceremonies since it only attracts cases of early teenage pregnancies.

“Parents never allow your children to attend these ceremonies because they bring no good to our children but unwanted pregnancies,” she said.

“It is better to call the police whenever you spot a large number of under-age children so that they are rounded up. When they sleep in police stations, it will teach them a lesson that they won’t dare to repeat the mistake,” she added.

This comes just less than a month since the Kwale county commissioner Karuku Ngumo banned children from attending loitering at the beaches at night and attending night vigils.