- The senators claim that some sex pests are not even scared by long jail terms
- Some, they said, are set free by the courts and may repeat the same crime
- They said the permanent effect of castration would help keep the menace at bay
- Watangula said a male who has sex with a minor does not qualify to be called a man
- Cases of defilement and early pregnancies have sharply increased in schools
A section of senators on Wednesday, November 13, supported an earlier proposal by Murang'a Woman Representative Sabina Chege that sex pests hunting school girls should be castrated.
Led by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, the legislators said the surgical procedure had capacity to end the spate of defilement and early pregnancies.
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Led by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, the senators said the surgical producer had capacity to end the spate of defilement and early pregnancies. Photo: UGC
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Wetangula made the remarks during a Senate proceeding where Vihiga Senator George Khaniri brought the legislators to speed with disturbing cases of defilement in the country.
ï¿½Anybody who sees a woman in a ten-year-old child and has sex with them does not deserve to be called a man. Apart from being jailed for life, such a person should also be castrated,ï¿½ said the Bungoma senator.
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Wetangula's sentiments were echoed by Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo who claimed jail terms were not enough in ending the menace.
Dullo expressed fear that convicts could still commit the same offence after being released.
She argued castration would have a permanent impact on the them and thus keep them away from engaging in the wide-spread vice.
ï¿½The move will ensure that the suspects are incapable of repeating a similar offense in the future. Being a severe punishment, it will stop other men from engaging in the criminal activity,ï¿½ said Dullo.
Senators support castration of sex pests impregnating school girls
Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika got emotional with the issue and said that she could even inflict fatal harm on any man who tried to harm any of her young daughters.
ï¿½I am a mother of girls, I can even kill anyone who messes up with their lives. I agree castration will leave the perpetrators with a life-long scar and they will be hesitant to repeat the same offense," the law maker reacted.
Nominate Senator Naomi Shiyonga reiterated Kihika's remarks and claimed some sex offenders were not even shaken by jail terms.
ï¿½Castration will stop them from even thinking about the act of sleeping with children. Languishing in jail for a long time does not scare some people at all,ï¿½ she said.
It was also fueled by reports that at least 449 girls failed to sit their national exams (both KCPE and KCSE) in 2018.Photo: UGC
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The discussion was informed by latest statistics by the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey which ranked Narok County as having the highest teenage pregnancy rate of 40% .
It was also fueled by reports that at least 449 girls failed to sit their national exams (both KCPE and KCSE) in 2018 due to pregnancies.
Hundreds of other girls sat for their exams in maternity wards while others yet to go into labour took their exams alongside other learners in schools.
The Education Ministry has since directed quality assurance officers to launch investigations into the cases in a move to bring to book the men behind the pregnancies.
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