Kaya elders in Kilifi County have threatened to curse men who prey and impregnate young girls.
The elders warned that they will cast a spell on whoever ruins the life of a young girl in the county.
There threats comes in the wake of skyrocketing statistics of underage pregnancies.
According to statistics from the health department in the county, by March this year, 20, 852 teenage girls were pregnant
The elders made the remarks on Wednesday at the Malindi District Cultural Centre (MADCA) where they had gathered for special prayers.
“We are warning those who are preying on our girls that they either stop the habit or get life threatening curses that will ruin their peace throughout their lives,” warned Stanley Kenga from Kaya Ribe.
He wondered why even teachers were engaging in the vice instead of undertaking their educational roles and imparting morals in the young minds.
Mijikenda Kaya Elders Association coordinator, Tsuma Nzai said the modern lifestyles and digital evolution was partly to blame for the sad scenario and cautioned the government against rushing to ban discos in funerals and weddings before carrying out a proper research on the topic.
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“We welcome the government’s efforts in combating the scourge but again it should be clear that banning some activities on the pretext of fighting early pregnancies will not help because such ceremonies existed even before I was born and there were no teenage pregnancies then. Nowadays children use the internet and phones to communicate,” he said.
Nzai urged the national and county governments to work closely with the elders so that they can pass the correct information to parents and their children.
Speaking during County Development Implementation Committee meeting, Kilifi County Commissioner (CC), Magu Mutindika said, the national government plans to ban burial ceremonies on Saturdays and Sundays because it is after attending the same that many girls are seduced, sexually abused and subsequently conceive.
He said his office is consulting with other stakeholders in education before the ban of burial ceremonies on weekends is effected, adding that it is meant to reduce teenage pregnancies in the County.