Statistics show an alarming rate of irresponsible sexual relationships in Kisii and Nyamira counties.

Young girls are on the receiving end as unwanted pregnancies, defilement, abortions and early marriages take center stage.

A lot of this illegality often go unreported because of cover-up by parents and close relatives of the victims.

An active case at Kisii Law Courts that involves a 13-year-old-minor and a local businessman from Rioma in Marani, Kisii county Mr Peter Obara, 56, for example, only came to the limelight after concerned members of the public refused to conceal the matter.

The mother, Ms Damaris Makori, was arrested alongside a clinic owner Mr Erick Odhiambo. They both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to activist Esnahs Nyaramba, who alerted the media to highlight the plight of the girl, the clinician had used “crooked methods to abort the 5-months-old foetus, and the victim was lated hidden under lock and key in her mother’s kitchen”.

Data from the Kisii Central Children’s office, in the period between July 2018 and June 2019, 41 defilement and early marriage cases were reported to the office from across 4 sub-counties in Kisii.

Nyaribari Chache recorded 3 defilement and 11 early marriage cases, Bonchari 6 defilement and 7 early marriage cases and Kitutu South 6 defilement and 3 early marriage cases. Lastly, Masaba recorded 2 and 3 defilement and early marriage cases, respectively.

“These peaks during school holidays and, remember, only a few cases get reported. We are sure there are many others out there,” Ms Joyce Keno, the Kisii Central Sub County Children’s officer told the 47 Reporters.

The immediate former Kisii county police commander Mr Martin Kibet told the 47 reporters that the incidences are rampant in Marani sub county.

“In the past we held barazas in Marani area to create awareness against this kind of immoralities. Men who are defiling our girls must beware that the government is awake and the long arm of the law will eventually catch up with them,” he said.

In 2018, the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH) mortuary disposed of 37 unclaimed infants who were as a result of stillbirths.

Even this year, the facility has already sought court orders ready to dispose of 12 unclaimed bodies, amongst which are children.

“The 37 infants were as a result of stillbirths at KTRH and their mothers abandoned them,” the chief public health officer at the hospital Mr Thomas Obwoge explained, pointing to a high likelihood that most of the abondoned infants were products of unwanted pregnancies

Nyamira county health executive Mr Douglas Bosire has expressed his concern too over the bulging number of girls who conceive unwanted pregnancies.

“It is unfortunate that our girls have been exposed to great danger. The fact that they conceived is enough testimony of the amount of extra risk they are exposed to insofar as sexually transmitted diseases are concerned,” he said.

Mr Bosire added, “our girls need to be talked to so as to stop misbehaving. Irresponsible men too need to be dealt with.”

He observed that two thirds of the 20 unclaimed bodies that were disposed of from Nyamira County Referral Hospital mortuary last year were aborted foetus, whose mothers disappeared into the thin air.

Ms Nyaramba observes that more often, girls who conceive out of illicit sex are married off, their age notwithstanding.

By By Josiah Odanga

Multimedia journalist

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