Taveta girls sneaked into Tanzania for circumcision


Officials in Taveta sub-county have alleged that parents are sneaking local girls into Tanzania for circumcision.

County Area Advisory Committee members said in their report that female genital mutilation (FGM) is still common in the county despite concerted efforts by State agencies to eradicate it.

They said efforts to eliminate the practice were frustrated by the ferrying of the girls to Tanzania.

According to the report, the practice is still rife in parts of Taveta.

The committee noted that parents were colluding with unscrupulous people from Tanzania to circumcise their daughters.

County Children’s Officer Juma Boga said between January and March this year, nine cases of FGM were reported in the region.

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“We have been reporting high cases of absenteeism among young girls especially in the first two weeks of re-opening schools. On inquiry, the school administration discovered the minors had been taken to Tanzania for circumcision,” Mr Boga said.

He told the meeting that involvement of Nyumba Kumi initiative including chiefs and their assistants would help end the vice.

Assistant County Commission Teddy Bonaya warned parents against the practice. “It is illegal to engage in such harmful practices. Anyone found doing so will be arrested and prosecuted,” he warned.

A human rights activist Hajji Mwakio said the vice was rampant in the region and every effort must be made to eradicate it.

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