DPP orders for probe into teen pregnancies

dppPresident of the court of appeal Justice William Ouko (Left) with Lady Justice Martha Koome (Centre) during the launch of the National Children's service week at Karisa Maitha grounds in Kilifi

The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has ordered the DCI to investigate cases of teenage pregnancies and early marriages that came to the fore during KCPE and KCSE exams.

In a speech read on his behalf by Assistant DPP Lilian Ogwora during the launch of Children’s National Service Week at the Kilifi law court, Haji said the probe will start with Kilifi county and be extended to other parts of the country.

The function was presided over by the President of the court of appeal Justice William Ouko.

The Director of Public Prosecutions asked the DCI to forward the files on the same to his office for appropriate action.

Haji said his office takes cases on children seriously adding that ODPP will work closely with the Judiciary and other agencies to expedite the cases.

The event was organised by the Judiciary to clear backlog of children cases in courts countrywide.

The Kilifi Children’s Department said at least 13,624 cases of teenage pregnancies were reported in the county this year.

The report showed that the girls of ages 15 and 19 were expecting babies while some, from as young as 14 years, had already given birth.

A 2016 Plan International report cited cultural practices, poor parenting coupled with broken marriages, poverty, and inadequate sex and family planning education as the root causes of teenage pregnancies in Kilifi.

Special Task Force on Children’s Matters in the National Council on Administration of Justice chair Lady justice Martha Koome said over 4000 cases were expeditiously processed since the task force was set up.

Koome said the Judiciary will make sure all the 13, 000 cases of early pregnancies reported in Kilifi county are well handled.

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