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Ending FGM will empower girl child, President Uhuru tells communities

KENYA
By PSCU | March 6th 2021

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is key to empowering the girl child in Kenya to take part fully in national development.

“If we want to achieve our national goals, we have to change and offer our girls opportunities in education to excel,” said President Uhuru.

"If you look around the world, women are holding influential positions and we don’t want to be left behind because of retrogressive cultural activities."

Uhuru spoke Friday at Kisima in Samburu County where he witnessed the signing of a declaration by elders to end FGM and child marriages.

The Head of State, who was in the County on a one-day working tour, challenged communities practising FGM to discard the retrogressive cultural practice by finding alternative rites of passage.

"I know it is possible for our girls to go through alternative rites of passage without suffering,” President Uhuru said.

While highlighting the benefits of educating girls, the President advised the Samburu community to give their boys and girls an equal opportunity to attend school.

BBI campaign

On the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), the Head of State thanked Samburu MCAs for passing the Bill and rallied residents to vote for the law reform process in the referendum.

“We want to continue building our nation and we have come to an understanding that the only way to develop is to increase funding to the Counties,” he said.

"This will ensure that wananchi won't have to wait for the national Government to approve the kind of projects they need,” he said.

The President also spoke about insecurity in Samburu and neighbouring Counties saying bandits and cattle rustlers in Baragoi and other hotspots who won't cooperate with State agencies during a planned disarmament exercise will face the full force of the law.

Earlier while addressing 500 students and staff of Kisima Girls Secondary, shortly after attending Samburu leaders meeting in the school, the President said girls need support from all Kenyans for them to access opportunities that will enable them to prosper.

“We have come together with all these leaders to start a process that will ensure all girls in Kenya are able to have the same and equal opportunities as their male counterparts,” the President said.

Government projects

He said the Government was fully committed to ending FGM to enable Kenyan girls to lead meaningful lives.

“What we are starting today is a programme that will empower young girls throughout the country to be able to live their lives to the fullest, to be able to have the opportunity of going to school, completing their education and preparing themselves for meaningful jobs,” the President said.

The President's busy schedule saw him inspect several Government projects in Samburu County among them the 65-kilometre Posta-Kisima-Maralal Road and the multipurpose Yamo Dam.

Speaking in Maralal town where he stopped to greet locals, the Head of State announced Government plans to move the military camp from the town to free up land for its expansion.

Uhuru was accompanied by Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal, his Marsabit counterpart Mohamud Mohamed and Cabinet Secretaries Prof Margaret Kobia (Gender), Charles Keter (Energy) and Keriako Tobiko (Environment).

Also present were the Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua, State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita and Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya among other senior Government officials.

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