Maasai elders in Dalalekutuk in Kajiado Central yesterday blessed more than 500 girls who chose the Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) instead of the traditional Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The girls aged 9 to 15 years who went through the alternative rite of passage graduated as young boys embarked on them saying they are ready to marry girls who are not cut.
The ceremony that was preside by Cabinet Secretary for Public Service Youth and Gender Affair Sicilia Kariuki was attended by local leaders led by H.E Kajiado County Deputy Governor Paul Ntiati, the chairperson of the National Anti-FGM Board Lenah Jebii Kilimo, CECM and C.O for ICT, Gender and Social services Hon Parsitau and John Njoroge respectively, CECM for Education Jeremiah Nairowua and a number of MCAs among other county officials.
The Cs noted the neglect of the outlawed practice was a testimony of the milestones being achieved in the fight against the FGM.
The Deputy Governor Hon. Paul Ntiati assured the crowd that as a county government they are ready to support and they have been supporting to end the cut in the county. This comes after they come up with a policy against FGM that suits the county. The policy is now in second stage in the county assembly. The policy will protect young girls from the act of trauma. Lauding the pillars in the community who have been spearheading the cut for confessing and put down their tools and stop the act.
The young boys present in the occasion demonstrated that they will not wed the circumcised girls. In his sentiment Nickson Malei the chairman for the young boys said “We will not wed the cut girls, they are passed by time hence we encourage them to work harder in education and aim for degrees to better their life’s.”
The cultural female circumcise-rs, whom are the cultural decision-makers burn down their tools after the event as a sign of ending the act in the community.