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Men cautioned against denying mothers access to underage children 

The government has warned fathers in estranged relationships against taking away underage children from their mothers.

Speaking to members of the press in Mbale town on Saturday, Vihiga County Director of Children’s Services, Aggrey  Ambwaya decried increased cases of men taking away underage children from their mothers in the area, thus denying them basic needs that can only be provided by mothers.

He further expressed regret over what he described as high level of children neglect by fathers in the county.

“Many fathers, even those in stable marriages, have simply abandoned parental roles to women,” Ambwaya said.

The children’s officer also castigated men in broken marriages for demanding to be custodians of underage children.

“As late as Friday evening a mother rushed to my office seeking assistance to get back her three year old child allegedly stolen by the father,” lamented Ambwaya, who queried whether the man was in a better position to feed the child.

He reiterated it was against the Kenyan law for children below 18 years, especially those breastfeeding to be denied access to their mothers unless under very serious circumstances where the mother has verified incapability.

According to Ambwaya, his department would not tolerate such cases where underage children are denied basic human rights occasioned by irresponsible parents.

“Any parent found violating children rights of protection would face the law,” he warned.

The children’s officer further advised husbands and wives in the county to nurture good and stable marriages to enable their children fully enjoy parental care as they grow up.

By  Maurice  Aluda

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