Judy Ojaamong urged churches to reject the reduction of age of consent to 16 years
Busia County First Lady Mrs. Judy Ojaamong has urged churches in the country to reject the sexual Offences Act that seeks to reduce the age of consent from 18 years to 16.
Speaking at St Thomas Amagoro Anglican Church during the launch of a music album by the Acaus choir last Sunday, the first lady said the proposal by the Judges of the court of appeal to reduce the age of consent to 16 years was not tenable, asking the church leaders present and all over the country to reject the proposal.
“The Churches should say no to such proposals which are tantamount to marrying off our children at tender age; Kenyans should reject such machinations,” she said.
Mrs Ojaamong said the consent age should instead be pushed from 18 years to 22 years, which is reasonably a right age for girls to make informed decisions on whether to get married, engage in sexual activities or not.
Fondly known as #MamaEducation, the Busia County first lady said that girls who get into marriage at sch a tender age of at 16 years are likely to experience difficulties during child delivery, whether normal or through Cesarean Section.
The first lady recognized and appreciated Members of Parliament from Busia County who have objected to the proposal and urged all leaders and education stakeholders to emulate their bold move.
The album launch event was also atteended by the Anglican Church of Katakwa Bishop Emeritus Zakayo Epus and Reverend George Etyang, the Vicar in charge of the Parish.
The album launched is known as Safari ya Mbinguni and has a total of ten songs including, among others, Ebela, Mchunga Wangu, Kuna Mji, Maombi, Abu Edeke, Ekadwaran, Familia Moja, Kijito and Edoun Ejakait.