Religious leaders in Vihiga County have been asked to support the fight against rape and defilement. A gender based violence activist in Hamisi Sub County Mr Josphat Lime made the call when he addressed religious leaders drawn from various churches and mosques in Kaimosi on Monday.
Lime observed that Hamisi Sub County was leading in reported cases of defilement and rape in Vihiga County. He partly attributed to what he termed as the worrying trend to lack of religious commitment. The activist appealed to the clerics to help curb the heinous crime by assisting both the national and devolved governments in awareness creation among the locals.
“Our survey reveals rape and defilement cases are rampant in this area due to high level of ignorance, especially among parents and guardians,” said Lime as he took the leaders through important steps to be followed whenever a minor was defiled or a woman was raped.
“Let the affected report such acts to the nearest security officers and offices and immediately rush defiled or raped victims for treatment at nearest health facilities,” Lime told the clerics.
He cautioned against victims being easily compromised by the offenders. “Parents, especially mothers, of affected minors should not accept bribery or any other form of concessions,” added Lime, insisting the law was clear on the same.
Speaking to Kenya News Agency (KNA) in his office today, Vihiga County Director of Children Services, Mr. Aggrey Ambwaya echoed Lime’s sentiments. The director appealed to residents to be on lookout for child trafficking, which he cited as another child abuse bedeviling the county.
“Besides defilement, our county has been notorious for illegal business in child trafficking in the past,” pointed out Ambwaya.