Friday, Dec 19th 2014

Embu MCAs rescue six cut girls from danger

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
ON A MISSION: Embu nominated women MCAs outside a house where circumcised girls were allegedly hidden in Keria village, Embu North district yesterday.Photo/Reuben Githinji
ON A MISSION: Embu nominated women MCAs outside a house where circumcised girls were allegedly hidden in Keria village, Embu North district yesterday.Photo/Reuben Githinji

Eight nominated MCAs yesterday went to homes where 20 girls had allegedly been circumcised. They found six of them.

 The MCAs—Loise Mbuya, Mercy Karimi, Winrose Ngithi, Shunem Ngira, Peninah Mutua, Nancy Muriithi, Rosemary Manunga and gender assembly committee chairman Susan Wangai—went to homes in Keria village in Embu North district where the primary school pupils had been secretly circumcised.

The six girls, ranging from age six to 13, were found in a timber house where they were recuperating. They had not been given modern medication for their wounds.

The women leaders removed the girls from their untidy and dirty healing room and took them to Embu Provincial General Hospital for treatment.

 They condemned the action by the girls’ parents. The MCAs said they will ensure that the outdated and barbaric practice is eradicated in the area.

They said they decided to personally go to the homes and rescue the girls to show other women and parents in Embu that the practice is evil.

During the crackdown, in which the area chief Ephantus Njiru and his assistant James Njeru joined, it was discovered that other initiates had been evacuated.

 Family members were forced to open the doors after resisting doing so before the girls were retrieved from the hideouts. The girls said they were forced by their parents to undergo the cut because it is tradition.

 They said they did not want to be laughed at in school for allegedly being uncircumcised and referred to as children. It is alleged that the circumcision was carried out by a retired community health worker.

 Njiru said they will arrest and prosecute her. The chief and the assistant chief vowed to deal with the parents of the girls who were circumcised.

 Njiru said the operations were conducted secretly that he had not got wind about it. He promised to trace the other 14 girls and have their parents charged.