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CS Matiangi Promises Action against Perpetrators of GBV

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Dr. Fred Matiangi , the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government has promised to bring to book the perpetrators of gender based violence and give justice to the over 40 women who have been killed over the last 6 months.

He was speaking during a night vigil event dubbed #HerLifeMatters, an event organized to remember those who have succumbed to gender based violence. The vigil was hosted by the University of Nairobi on May 30, 2019.

During the night vigil, which was attended by several women leaders from from Governors, to Women Representatives, Members of Parliament and various civic organizations, Dr. Matiang’I, pledged to work with several organizations to ensure that women are safe. “We can’t be a society that kills its women. We must be a society which keeps its women and children safe. I will work with the civil society on these issues and also work with faith based organizations; churches, mosques and temples to ensure that religious leaders lead in the teaching of good morals and good ethics,” he said.

Parents were not spared in the rise of social misfits bedeviling our society. The Cabinet Secretary urged parents to play a key role in mentoring children especially boys in handling rejections in relationships.
“ Boys must learn that getting a ‘No’ from a girl is totally acceptable. There is no reason to kill a girl because she has rejected you. Maybe if you persist further, the ‘No’ answer may be a ‘Yes’,” he said.  Dr. Matiangi also called on the Judiciary to get a speedy way of dispensing justice to the victims as prolonged cases seems to be justice denied.

The youth in our country need mentorship and guidance observed Dr. Matiangi, who alluded that it is getting hard to deal with cases of insecurity as the youth have resorted to get rich quick schemes by engaging in gambling and engaging in drugs and alcohol abuse. “ I can assure you that some of these deaths could be related to substance abuse. We need to work with the county governments on licensing of alcohol. Our politics as well need to be clean. There is no need inciting our youth and using violence n the campaigns,” he said.

University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, observed that the University is a leading institution of research and is better placed in doing research on gender issues including femicide and gender based violence. “As a University we are always ready to work with all policy makers to research on the societal problems by conducting systematic investigations (social or medical), to find the root causes of the problems. We believe that it is only possible to deal with a problem when you understand it. That surely forms the basis of our existence,” he said.

Prof. Mbithi stated that to conduct research and provide solutions to the societal problems, the University has succeeded in initiating and implementing reforms that have created a conducive enrolment for women and men to co-exist with respect and to recognize and support one another as partners.

Anne Mvurya, UNSA Student Leader, took the opportunity to thank the women leaders who organized the event and for mentoring students. She promised to work closely with students to address relationship and gender based violence issues.

The event was graced by Mama Ida Odinga, wife to the former Prime Minister, Right Honourable Raila Odinga, Hon. Ann Waiguru, Governor Kirinyaga County, Hon Esther Passaris, Women Representative, Nairobi County among others.  

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