Lobby Raises Alarm over Surge in GBV Cases in Coast region

GBVHussein Khalid, Haki Africa Executive Director with Lamu County Women Representative, Captain Ruweida Obbo (left). Looking on is Harriet Muganda, A Haki Africa Staff.

A total of 771 cases of gender-based violence GBV were recorded in 2020 across the six counties of the Coast region, Haki Africa a lobby group revealed on Tuesday.

This according to the lobby’s executive director Hussein Khalid is an increment of 914 percent compared to 76 GBV cases recorded in 2019.

The cases range from rape, defilement, sodomy, sexual harassment, physical assault, domestic violence and incest.

Khalid further adds “we recorded a total of 693 labour related cases across the six counties in 2020 saying this was an increase of 548 percent compared to 2019 where 107 labour cases were recorded.

The lobby also recorded 163 land-related cases, an 87 percent from the 87 cases recorded in 2019.

“We received 106 cases of torture and assault cases compared to 2019 where 37 cases were recorded. This was an increase of 186 percent compared to 2019,” he added.

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According to Khalid, these and other human rights violation cases sum up to 1890 cases of human rights violations spread out in the six counties in the region.

According to Khalid, the figure accounts for a 386 percent increment compared to 443 cases reported and documented in 2019.

Meanwhile, regional leaders drawn from the senate and the national assembly promised to table the report in their respective houses for consideration.

Led by Mombasa Senator Mohammed Faki, the legislators expressed concern over the skyrocketing number of human rights violations in the region.

Mombasa Senator Mohammed Faki said there is a need for the government to prioritize rescue centres as a way of addressing the challenge.

Also present at the unveiling of the report were Mishi Mboko (Likoni) Teddy Mwambire (Ganze) Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga) Women Reps Lydia Haika (Taita Taveta) Ruweida Obbo (Lamu) Mombasa senator Mohammed Faki.

Kilifi nominated senator Christine Zawadi made a technical appearance at the event.

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