President Kenyatta orders probe on Gender-Based Violence, teenage pregnancies


President Kenyatta orders probe on Gender-Based Violence, teenage pregnancies
President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation at Harambee House on July 6, 2020.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed concern and sounded the alarm on rising cases of Gender-Based Violence and instances of teenage pregnancy.

The Head of State, speaking at Harambee House where he announced new COVID-19 regulations, ordered an immediate probe into the vices saying perpetrators must face the full extent of the law.

He hence appealed to social and religious institutions to exercise their civic responsibility to bring these unfortunate trends to a fast decline.

“I am concerned by increasing tensions within our homes. Cases of Gender-Based Violence have increased, mental health issues have worsened, and instances of teenage pregnancy have escalated,” said the president.

“We must always remember that the family is a projection of the State. If the family is under attack, the State is under attack. If the family is weak, the country is weak.”

President Kenyatta hence directed the National Crime Research Centre to probe “the escalating cases of Gender-Based Violence, the worrying trend of cases where the girl child has been disempowered, and the violation of children’s rights.”

“In that regard, the Centre is further directed to prepare an advisory to our security agencies on remedial action within 30 days from the date hereof and initiate immediate prosecution of all violators,” he added.

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