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Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 10:22 EAT
Male 'sponsors' and boda bodas riders came under attack from opposition leader Raila Odinga's wife Ida and five First Ladies for "messing up" the lives of the girl child in Western Kenya. The women leaders vowed to shame the 'sponsors' who induce girls into sex under the pretext of paying them fees. “We shall tell them to leave our girls alone. We want them to be future leaders," they said.
The women were speaking during the launch of the Busia Teen Mentorship Programme 2016 chapter at the Busia Agricultural Training Centre on Wednesday. Over 550 teenage girls from 110 schools across the County were also warned against following people who are "going nowhere." Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong witnessed the launch at Busia Agricultural Training Centre.
Mr Odinga told school-going girls not to accept free gifts from boda boda riders. "Even if you hike a lift from such riders make sure you alight and never succumb to any demands," she said. She said it is not exploitation or harassment by girls to engage in house chores but part of learning process. “Do it with a smile because it is also part of learning by them practically."
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said his government had created an enabling environment with the rolling out of Sh70 million bursary for secondary students. The Governor said the Kenya Medical Training College Busia Chapter which was constructed by the County Government is already operational with 60 clinical officers admitted.
Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong said the program started in 2014 with upper primary children. “The number increased to 450 in 2015 with the inclusion of secondary school students," she said. Mrs Ojaamong said education without self-esteem in you is worthless. "I am proud to be associated with standard eight class which was ranked sixth overall out of 47 counties in 2016 KCPE."
Bungoma First Lady and chairperson of Western and Nyanza First Ladies Dr Margaret Lusaka said no mother gives birth to idiots, thieves, prostitutes but to a bundle of joy and angel." We will make sure they remain a bundle of joy for us." She said 10 County First Ladies had formed a caucus to contribute Sh50,000 to all activities geared towards empowerment of the girl child education.
Kisumu First Lady Olivia Ranguma told girls not to let boys get them astray, and to make use of every minute that comes their way. Taita Taveta First Lady Hope Mruttu urged girls to use their talents to succeed in life and to love themselves as beauty queens in their own making.
Other guests present included Siaya First Lady Rosella Rasanga, Rangwe parliamentary aspirant Dr Lilian Gogo, Ida's daughter Winnie Odinga, Matayos MP Geoffrey Odanga, TSC County Director, County Director Education and CECs Gregory Odeke (Water) and Martin Kafwa (Culture).
The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press