Political goodwill in fighting FGM
Public Service, Gender and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has challenged political leaders in Samburu County to help eradicate Female Genital Mutilation.
Speaking Wednesday while launching the youth empowerment program in Baragoi Samburu North Sub County, Kariuki said there is need for political goodwill to eradicate FGM in Samburu County.
She said FGM is a retrogressive cultural practice targeting girls and urged politicians seeking various political positions in the county to factor FGM eradication in their campaigns and manifestos.
“I am here to launch a government project offering youths employment in Samburu; these are the same youths exposed to FGM, early marriages and cattle rustling and politicians should help in ending these vices,” she said.
She said Anti FGM crusade will be included as one of the life skills to the NYS cohorts in Samburu County.
The CS dismissed claims by critics that the National Youth Service (NYS) is a fake government project, saying 150,000 youths have benefited from the initiative countrywide.
“Through the NYS project, youths in different areas of the country have invested in real estate, agri-business, import business and so on and I can say it has genuinely changed lives,” Kariuki added.
Five hundred youths from Baragoi have been employed as NYS cohorts and will start work immediately. At the end of the month they will receive a stipend from the government and part of it will be saved in a SACCO.
She asked the youth to be the eye of the government at the grass roots level and report criminal activities in the area and advised them to maintain peace during campaigns and shun politicians encouraging lawlessness in the area
The CS was accompanied by Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe and NYS deputy Director Gathirua Muchuki.
By Robert Githu/ Frida Lengees