(MEDIA: Ms Carolyne Buyela talks to children in Webuye during the exercise. PHOTO/FILE)
Bungoma County Director for Special Programs Carol Buyela has regretted the recent skyrocketing numbers of teen pregnancy in Kenya.
In a telephone interview with this site on her comments regarding the matter, Ms Buyela, who is also a known Woman leader in the County, said the society should worry of the trend and unite in the fight against the vise.
“Much as we continue to take Government-imposed precautions to combat the spread of Covid-19, parents, leaders and general community, should not give a blind eye to the fast-brewing issue of early pregnancies in our school-going girls,” she said.
“If this issue is not addressed expeditiously with seriousness it so deserves, then we should expect massive damages in near future.”
Buyela also rued the stakeholders for staging laxity, saying that lack of good will to safeguard the children has largely contributed to the early pregnancies.
“The report released last week by the Government about the high numbers of underage girls getting pregnant since schools closed down in March tells us of our laxity as parents, leaders and community at large.”
Buyela further pointed out at lack of role models to the young generation as a factor to the same.
“It’s either our girls lack role models, we are too busy on them or we focus so much on non-priorities at the expense of our children.”
She challenged women leaders to keep fighting for the future of the girl child to avoid losing on the strides made in advocating for girls in the society.
“As women leaders, we have been advocating for the rights of girl child which to this date, has achieved great milestones. With zeal and zest, we must wake up and talk to our teenage girls, counsel them and show them the right way as we unanimously condemn and expose those shameless men impregnating our girls.”
Buyela’s sentiments come in the wake of a government report two weeks ago which revealed that thousands of under age girls in Kenya have been impregnanted in the last four months, setting stage for panic amongst stakeholders.