Kajiado’s anti-FGM activist, Dorcus Parit and four other people are recuperating in Loitokitok hospital after a road accident on Wednesday night.
Parit was returning to her base in Kimana town in Kajiado South Sub County from a rescue mission of an 11-year-old girl, who had been married of to a 50-year-old man in Emarti area of Kajiado East Sub County when they were involved in the accident at 10 pm.
The accident occurred on the new Kajiado-Mashuuru-Duka Moja road at Emukutan area where her Toyota Prado car hit an antelope before her driver, Jackson Kioko, lost control of the vehicle.
Parit, while speaking on the phone from her hospital bed, on Thursday morning said the vehicle swerved off the road and rolled five times into the bushes in Emukutan.
She said they were rescued and taken to hospital in Loitokitok by former Imbirrikani MCA Sayianka ole Kosei, who arrived at the accident scene immediately they had veered off the road and rolled.
“I am grateful to God for saving our lives, including that of a minor I had gone to rescue from an early childhood marriage to a man old enough to be her grandfather. The five of us are at Loitokitok hospital,” said Parit.
Parit had earlier, at 8.30 pm on Wednesday, spoken to KNU Online and narrated how the rescue mission was successful. She thanked Kajiado Central Sub County police commander, Issa Muhamud, for receiving her cordially and providing her police escort in her rescue mission.
“We are now leaving Kajiado for Kimana and the first thing in the morning, I will provide you with all the information regarding this issue, sleep well and God bless you,” she told this writer on the phone on Wednesday night.
The anti-FGM ambassador had said she delayed leaving Kajiado because the police had taken the rescued minor for checks at the county referral hospital and to establish her genital status.
Parit had started the rescue mission from her Kimana Hope-Beyond Transitional Centre, a home for young girls rescued from early marriages and those running away from FGM practices, at 6 am on Wednesday.
“I had received information from a neighbour of a family that had married off their 11-year old daughter to a man in Emarti. On arrival at the home, while in police escort, we found two big girls who said they in Class 7 and 8 respectfully. The two are young daughters of the man who had married an 11-year old,” Parit said earlier.
The police managed to arrest the elder wife of the man after the suspect escaped their dragnet. The police left a message for the suspect at the home to report to their station soonest.
Cases of early childhood marriages among Kajiado Maasai are common and appears that the local chiefs have completely failed to cut them down.