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Plan to lower sex consent age to 16 years is ‘nonsense’-CS Matiang’i

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,6TH JUNE,2019-Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has  objected plans to lower age for sex consent from 18 to 16 years.

The CS says  all synergies and efforts should be redirected towards protecting all children and ensuring that they have the best opportunity for study .

“I want to assure you we can never be mad enough to support such nonsense regarding the consent age….There is some madness that people engage in that is so difficult to understand,” he said during a prize giving ceremony at Pangani Girls High School in Nairobi on Friday.

“How on earth? Ni kazi umekosa? How can we be debating about endangering the lives of our children,” he posed.

The Interior further urged parents and government officials to instead work together to find solutions to challenges facing the youth such as addiction to gambling and gaming.

On March  22 this year  three Court of Appeal judges recently proposed an amendment to the Sexual Offences Act to have the age of sex consent.

Justices Daniel Musinga, Roselyn Nambuye and Patrick Kiage questioned the penal provisions in the Sexual Offences Act No.3 of 2006.

The judgment delivered in March  as well  as  many other jurisdictions only criminalise sexual conduct with children younger than 16 years.

They cited a case of a British woman against a doctor who offered contraceptives to five 15-year-old girls without parental consent.

It was said that the young ones might not have attained the age of maturity but they may well have reached the age of discretion to make intelligent and informed decisions about their lives and their bodies.

 

 

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