A woman in Mosiro, Kajiado West Sub County, has been arrested for allegedly ejecting her 11 year old daughter to pave way for her marriage.
The woman is alleged to have also secretly forced her daughter to undergo the grueling female genital mutilation in preparation to hand her over to a new suitor.
The Minor, who was a class two pupil at Naning’oe Primary Boarding School and Rescue centre, is said to have gone home with her mother who suspiciously picked her in school.
According to Children’s Officer in charge of Kajiado North and Kajiado West Sub Counties, Stanley Rotich, police with the help of the area chief arrested the woman who is expected to appear in court on Monday.
Rotich said police and the local administrators have intensified search for the missing minor, who is suspected to have been married off to a middle aged man in Mosiro, Narok County.
The children’s officer however said the vastness of the two counties with poor road network has hampered the child’s rescue mission.
“Kajiado West Sub County Maasai Mosiro and Esonorua clans are still adamant to change from the outlawed cultures of female cut and early marriages,” said Rotich.
“The girls in these regions are very insecure in the hands of their own parents and care givers since they are forced into early marriages after secretly being cut,” reiterated the child rights defender.
The latest incident of early marriage comes barely two weeks after two chiefs were interdicted in Kajiado County for attending celebrations for minors and condoning outlawed FGM practice.
During recent Madaraka Day celebrations, Kajiado County Commissioner David Kipkemei directed the chiefs to fight FGM and early marriages in their areas of jurisdiction and failure to report such incidences will lead to dismissal from service.
The CC noted that all the chiefs must know and be aware of all the activities happening in their localities.
“We must endeavor to protect our girls by ensuring that their rights are protected at all cost,” said the tough administrator. “Those who are thinking girls are used for batter trade of cows and goats will face the full force of the law,” said the CC.
Similarly, Kajiado West Sub Deputy County Commissioner William Kakimoni directed the teachers to protect the girls in schools and be the first ones to raise alarm over suspicious parents whenever children are absent from school.
“Absenteeism of girls in schools should be a worrying trend in Kajiado West in the fight against FGM and early marriages,” said Kakimoni during Madaraka day celebrations.