The Star (Kenya)

Older women prey on school­boys in Mig­ori — ac­tivist

- MANUEL ODENY/ Crime · Society

Older women in Mig­ori are prey­ing on school­boys as in­sti­tu­tions of learn­ing stay shut to con­trol the spread of the coronaviru­s, an ed­u­ca­tion ac­tivist has said.

Mig­ori Civic Or­gan­i­sa­tion As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary gen­eral Ti­tus Orwa said on Thurs­day that they have re­ceived re­ports of sev­eral cases, in­clud­ing two from Nyama­haraga vil­lage in Suna West con­stituency.

“Wealthy women who are ei­ther mar­ried, wid­owed or sin­gle have been sex­u­ally mo­lest­ing school­boys with a prom­ise of com­fort­able life while they warm their beds,” Orwa said.

In some cases, he said, par­ents have re­fused to re­port the mat­ter.

Nyama­haraga as­sis­tant chief Evans Marube said they have taken two women aged 39 and 42 to court for co­hab­it­ing with a 17-year-old stu­dent of Machicha Mixed Sec­ondary and a Stan­dard 7 pupil re­spec­tively.

“We man­aged to get hold of the two cases be­cause par­ents re­fused to al­low the union to go through. Vil­lagers threat­ened to burn down the cou­ples in their houses,” Marube said.

Marube said he had re­ceived re­ports of 13 school­girls fall­ing preg­nant in the lo­ca­tion in the past month.

“But trac­ing the num­ber of boys who have been lured into mar­riage has been harder, es­pe­cially as most par­ents don’t bother to re­port,” he said.

The 17-year-old boy’s mother said he dis­ap­peared from home for weeks, forc­ing the fam­ily to look for him through the me­dia and lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tors.

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