Female Genital Mutilation: Police Make Arrests In Nakuru And Embu For Practice

The police on Tuesday arrested four people in Njoro, Nakuru after they were found practicing female genital mutilation.

This is after another four were on Saturday, December 4, arrested in Kigaa village, Embu East after they forced a Form Two girl to get cut.

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In Nakuru, police arrested three women are aged 21, 29 and 30 years as well as a man who was said to be a husband to one of the women that owned the house in which the act was being conducted.

Njoro Deputy OCPD Ms. Gladys Madee confirmed the arrests.

She said the suspects were arrested on Monday night during a crackdown at a house in Tebeswet village in Njoro.

“We were tipped off by members of the public who alerted us that they were practicing FGM. That is when we moved in and arrested them,” said Deputy OCPD Madee.

She, however, revealed that three other suspects managed to escape the police raid.

The police boss said that most girls are forced to undergo the cut during the December holidays.

“Five women underwent the cut last week while one more went through it on Saturday, December 2.”

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In Embu East, the four women that were arrested there were captured after a Form Two student they had cut stormed out of the house she was being held and reported the matter to the police.

The girl was forced to undergo the procedure by her stepmother.

Police immediately swung into action and apprehended the women including her stepmother, the circumciser, and two neighbors.

Before that, the police rushed the girl to Runyenjes Level Four hospital since she was still bleeding from the cut.

Embu County Maendeleo ya Wanawake Chair, Mary Kavinda, hailed the girl for reporting the incident and urged others to do the same.

Kavinda further called upon the Embu County Government to establish a rescue center for victims of rape, domestic violence and other vices that are outlawed in the country.

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In another incident in Kapkimolwo, Bomet County, police officers were unable to stop or make any arrests during a Female Genital Mutilation exercise.

Armed residents overpowered four police officers from the nearby Kapkimolwo Police Station who had gone to the area to rescue girls.

Bomet OCPD Samson Rukunga confirmed the incident saying that the officers had no option but to retreat.

He, however, insisted that anyone found propagating the outlawed rite of passage will face the full wrath of the law.

“We want to advise members of the public and the secretary general from that community that they should avoid exposing their daughters to these harmful practices,” said Rukunga.