President Uhuru Kenyatta has on Friday signed a declaration with Samburu elders to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The Head of Ste was speaking in the country as he emphasized the need for a girl child to participate fully in national development.
“If we want to achieve our national goals, we have to change and offer our girls opportunities in education to excel.
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“If you look around the world, women are holding high positions and we don’t want to be left behind because of retrogressive cultural activities,” Said President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In his one-day tour of the region, the President called on the elders to come up with alternative rites of passage and called on equal rights between boys and girls.
The President also thanked Samburu MCAs for passing the BBI amendment bill and called on the same spirit to continue during the referendum.
Bandits and cattle rustlers were warned of the government full force if they fail to corporate during the disarmament exercise as they cause insecurity between Samburu residents and Baragoi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also inspected several government projects in the region including the 65 kilometer Post-Kisima-Maralal road and the multipurpose Yamo Dam.
Accompanying the Head of State was Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal, Marsabit Governor Mohamud Mohamed, Gender CS Prof. Margaret Kobia, Energy CS Charles Ketera and Environment CS Keriako Tobiko.