By Brighton Makori .
Kisii Kenya 12 May 2021……….The government has been called upon to sack chiefs and any other Government officers who collude with perpetrators of Gender Based Violence ( GBV) which has denied victims justice.
Addressing the press on Wednesday after inspected Kisii County Gender Based Violence Rescue Centre constructed by the national government through national government Affirmative Action Fund, ( NGAAF) Public Service and Gender Chief Administrative Secretary ( CAS) Rachel Shebesh,said cases of GBV increased after the outbreak of Covid 19 and urged residents to shun the violence.
The CAS said some chiefs negotiated with culprits to settle the matter outside court and appealed to the county Commissioners to take action against them, stressing cases of rape and defilement are not negotiable.
Madam CAS said that they have been in the forefront more so in the support of women Representatives fighting rape, defilement and gender based violence but unfortunately there are some cartels who are busy negotiating with suspects which has denies the victims justice .
She implored members of the Kisii county assembly to pass legislation to enable the county government allocate funds every year to help run the Rescue centre, which, she said will be commissioned in August this year.
Kisii County Mp Janet Ong’era said the county has 23 percent cases of gender based violence against the country’s prevalence, stressing victims will be guided and counseled at the Centre to settle.
She lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for taking GBV seriously and directing the construction of rescue centres across the country to help victims.
“ Rape, defilement and verbal abuse account for 60 percent. We have to concert effort to end the vices once and for all” Ong’era said.
NGAAF Chief Executive Officer, Titus Lotee, appealed to the residents to respect women, girls and young men and shun violating their rights, stressing statistics from the county on GBV and female genital Mutilation were worrying and should be reversed.
Lotee added that the government was spending a lot of money funding construction of the centers to support victims of GBV, which, he noted, could be avoided and funds be used to build technical institutions to benefit students.
Kisii County Commissioner, Allan Macharia’s representative, Joshua Muthoka urged members of the public to report cases of GBV to police officers and chiefs for action to be taken against culprits.
Beatrice Adagala, Vigiha County Women rep urged government officers to ensure that perpetrators of GBV are arrested and prosecuted.