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Former fervent proponents of FGM in Kajiado Nakai Ketukei, 70, (left) and Esther Shapashina (right). They have since abandoned their crusade for female cut.

Chiefs to be held accountable over FGM

By Christine Tarayie Musa

Chiefs from the 22 counties where female genital mutilation(FGM) is rampant will be required to give a comprehensive report about the vice every six months.

Public Service, Youth and Gender cabinet secretary Margaret Kobia issued the directive at Kajiado at Maasai Technical Training Institute when she met all chiefs and assistant chiefs from the county.

Kobia who was accompanied by the anti FGM board members said the ministry will first track the fight against the vice to ensure it is eradicated by 2022 as directed by the President on November 9th.

Kajiado County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha said four chiefs have already been interdicted for supporting FGM.

Anti FGM CEO Bernadette Loloju said all stakeholders will work together to accelerate and strengthen the fight against the vice.

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