War on Early Marriages and Malaria Dominates Mashujaa Day in Baringo
Upsurge in teenage pregnancies and malaria outbreak in Baringo County featured in the speeches of most leaders during the Mashujaa day celebration held at Kabarnet Museum grounds.
The pain of the twin problems which has affected the county in the last one month dulled the occasion’s theme of celebrating heroes and heroines.
The leaders led by the governor Stanley Kiptis and County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo condemned the early pregnancies that threatened to shutter the dreams of the girl child in the newly created Tiaty East Sub-county.
The county commissioner said he had dispatched a team of security personnel and education officers to investigate the matter at Tangulbei Secondary school and bring the perpetrators to book.
“We will ensure that these individuals face the law including a teacher who married his standard seven pupil in Tiaty,” warned Okwanyo.
He added that no suspect shall be let off the hook whether a teacher or chief whom he accused of not reporting the matter.
His assertions were shared by governor Kiptis who condemned the exploitation of school girls saying up to 13 girls can be impregnated in a single school with no one reporting the matter to the authorities.
“We have to give the girl child opportunity to undertake education to the highest level so that they can contribute positively to the development of our nation, I therefore support the arrest of those responsible for putting school girls in the family way,” said Mr. Kiptis.
County Member of parliament Mrs. Gladwell Cheruiyot asked the mothers to rehabilitate the girls and ensure they go back to school. She also asked them to guide their children during the long holiday.
On Malaria outbreak the governor thanked the nurses for heeding the call to attend to the victims saying together with the central government’s efforts they were able to contain the outbreak.
“These nurses and clinical officers are our heroes and we promise to improve the health infrastructure in the health sector so as to prevent such cases in the future,” promised the governor.
The governor called on the residents to pray for peace and stability of the country in the run up to the repeat presidential poll on 26th October.
Great sons from the county like the second president of the nation Mzee Daniel Moi, Veteran Athlete and NOCK president Paul Tergat among other athletes were praised for putting the county’s status high.
The governor promised to set up an award scheme to reward those who had excelled in various sectors as county’s heroes.
By Christopher Kiprop