Police in Lamu are yet to arrest a Muslim cleric who took advantage of the Covid-19 holiday and married a Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidate.
Dide Waride Senior Chief Abdi Bocha told Opera News Hub on Tuesday that despite numerous efforts he did in order to rescue the girl from the early marriage, police have not been serious in arresting the man or the girl’s parents.
“I have reported the matter to the police severally but the man is still wlaking scot-free. The girl has also gone back to the man and continues to live with her as a wife. Something needs to be done urgently or else, the girl will be impregnated,” said Mr Bocha.
A report from the chief’s office privy to Opera News Hub revealed that the girl was married off to the ustadh on July 13th this year.
In response, Lamu County Commissioner, Irungu Macharia said police had already been sent to Dide Waride to ensure the girl, her parents and the man are arrested.
Mr Macharia urged parents to embrace education for the girl child, especially those from pastoralist’s communities who have been lagging behind education wise.
The County Commissioner stated that his office would arrest all parents and guardians whose school going children shall be found loitering, laboring or even married off during this period of Covid-19 where schools have been closed.
“Parents must ensure their children, especially the girls, get education. We shall arrest those impregnating school girls or parents marrying off their girls during this period of Coronavirus," said Mr Macharia.
He also warned those employing school boys saying their days were numbered and that a crackdown has already been launched to hunt them down.
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