An incident in which a parent accepted Sh20,000 (Tsh400,000) from a policeman in Kiungu area, Lamu County as an apology after defiling her daughter has sparked an uproar among locals and leaders.
The matter has gotten the attention of Lamu Woman Representative, Ruweida Obo, and she is not happy at all.
Despite vowing to pick up the case to ensure it ends up in court, the leader has issued a stern warning, decrying the mushrooming of kangaroo courts for defilement and rape cases.
The leader castigated the parent for endorsing her child's assault by taking the money. She also warned other parents in the area against participating in such informal courts to resolve such crimes because doing so worsens the problem.
“Parents need to be firm and resolute when they find out their children have been defiled. They should report offenders to the authorities for prompt action to be taken,” Ruweida stated.
Speaking during a girl child empowerment function on menstrual hygiene in Mokowe, the legislator also took issue with chiefs for turning a blind eye to victims of child abuse.
“Chiefs who will be at the forefront of reporting cases of defilement and child abuse will be rewarded by me,” Ruweida promised.
Her remarks come in the wake of reports that an HIV Positive 45-year-old man defiled a three-year-old girl in Mkomani last Friday but was released on a Sh200,000 (Tsh4,000,000) cash bail.
Ruweida further stated that early marriages that denied the girl child the opportunity to attain proper schooling was also a major problem in Lamu, especially among the pastoralist communities.