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New drive to end early pregnancies

By Philip Mwakio | November 2nd 2015

Kisauni residents and child rights crusaders have launched a drive to sensitise schoolgirls on the negative effects of early pregnancies.

The campaign is also targeting boda boda operators, who they allege are behind the increased cases of early pregnancies among schoolgirls in the area.

"It is too early for schoolgirls to be put in the family way and this trend is worrying," said Bamburi Member of County Assembly (MCA) Riziki Fundi.

The residents have now formed a team to spearhead the campaign.

"It is sad to see young girls becoming mothers at a very tender age and forced to drop out of school. We have decided it is time to take this problem head-on," said Samuel Kisandu, a hotelier who has teamed up with the locals to fight the vice.

Kisandu, together with the area MCA, and in conjunction with Christ Visitor Care, a community-based organisation, are the brainchild behind the the campaign dubbed 'Save the Youth: Too Young to marry, Too Young to Ride.'

Kisauni Deputy County Commissioner Julius Kavita, who attended the campaign launch at Majaoni, said they have received reports of many youths dropping out of school in the area.

He said his office had banned night discos in the area to discourage youths from engaging in sexual activities during such rendezvous.

Kavita welcomed the campaign.

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