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Kalisasi parents outside Mwingi Sub County Education office in Mwingi town. They demanded the transfer of Kalisasi Secondary School Principal, Margret Silu over alleged mismanagement. Photo/ Musangi Alii

Stop marrying off school girls, parents warned

By Staff Reporter.

Parents in Kilifi County have been warned against marrying off their daughters due to poverty.
Speaking to Education News recently, Amina Munyazi Kupalia who unsuccessfully vied for Kilifi County Woman Representative seat, warned amorous men who defile children that they will face full force of the law if caught.
“Under Sexual Offences Act, a culprit can be fined heavily or sentenced to long jail term in default and even handed life imprisonment if found guilty,” she noted.
She said that the Constitution has brought a new dawn to all Kenyans and particularly the marginalized persons in the society.
“Kenyans gave themselves the Constitution and it is not a preserve for men, the wealthy, the educated or the politically inclined. It provides that every person has an obligation to respect and uphold and defend the Constitution as they enjoy their rights,” she said.
“Every person has a right to equal protection before the law,” Amina added and challenged women in the county to make personal efforts to understand the laws of the land.
“You should know how the law affects you. Women could influence greatly decision-making and also uphold and defend the Constitution,” she said.
Amina said that for women to make a positive impact in the community they must to be knowledgeable and focused. “You must be resilient and exploit opportunities to excel,” she advised and challenged the local leaders discard retrogressive cultural practices that hamper girl-child education.

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