Women MPs to stage demo over increased defilement cases

Nandi women Rep Tecla Tum./COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: Women members of parliament have vowed to stage massive demonstrations over what they term as increase of sexual abuse against children.

In a press conference at parliament buildings led by Nandi Women Rep Tecla Tum and the representative member of parliament of people with disability Denita Ghatti, the MPs said they have been prompted to stage the demonstration in Nandi county after it emerged that there is a sub chief who allegedly sexually abused a child in the county.

“We are going to have demonstration this Friday in Nandi to air our disappointment over the matter,”Tum said.

The legislators have said violence against women and children molestation is on the rise and there is need for the government to tackle the menace diligently before it gets out of hand.

“Defilement has taken a high toll in this country we want to ask the government to take seriously violence against women,” Ghatti said

They said that the number of sexual abuse is on the rise in that in Nandi alone close to ten children have been molested which is a replica of other parts of the country.

The child who was molested by the sub chief is receiving treatment in a local hospital in Nandi county.

Tum said that fight against gender based violence is facing a great challenge as some parents, guardians and victims don’t come out to report such cases.