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- Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong with a team from ANPPCAN, Children's Department and County Government outside his office on Tuesday.

We need policies to safeguard our children- Busia Governor

Photo: Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, ANPPCAN Country Director Aggrey Otieno and Program Officer Evans Munga (left) in his office on Tuesday.

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong  has called for formulation  of policies  to safeguard children against  all manner of vices including  defilement,  trafficking, neglect and abandonment.

The Governor said  the damning  reports  from the Children’s Department   on the emerging  trend  of children being trafficked  between Busia Kenya and Uganda  was a cause for worry.

” My Government  will  engage other  sector players  and see which policies  we shall  formulate  that will assist in ending  this vice and hold public barazas with the village administrators,” he said.

He was speaking  in Busia on Tuesday  when he  met a team from  the African  Network  for Prevention  and Protection of Children Against Child Abuse  and Neglect (ANPPCAN) and the  County Children Services Department who had paid him a courtesy call.

Busia County   Co-ordinator  Children’s Services  Esther  Wasige  said  four cases  of children being trafficked from the county are reported every week with  others going  unreported.

” The department in partnership  with ANPPCAN  is exploring ways and means of legalizing  alternative  family care programs including Foster placement, kinship care and guardianship.

We also have  bursary programs  where   Sh1.2million  is distributed  per constituency  to  Orphans and Vulnerable children annually,” she said, adding that a total of  734 children have benefitted so far from  the  programs   ranging from Sh10,000 and Sh30,000 per child.

ANPPCAN Country  Director  Aggrey Otieno  said  they have launched  three programs  including   Child Headed  Household   program  to be launched soon  is geared towards  supporting children who are living on their own or  with very elderly parents or are orphans.

” The other programs that are  already  in operation include  parents economic empowerment  where the organization is funding 103 groups  with at least 30 members each to undergo training, with Sh64m circulating among the group members.

The last program we have in Busia County is  child participation  which  is being undertaken in 15 schools. This is aimed at teaching teachers and children  on how to report  cases of abuse,” he said.

Also present included  Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi, CECM  for Culture, Youth  and sports  Bernard  Yaite, Chief Officers   Joy Wanga (Youth and Sports), Andrew Otiti (Deputy Governor’s Office), Chief of Staff and Private Secretary to the Governor Sebastian Okiring and  Director  Public Administration  Robert Muganda.

Chairman County Assembly  Committee  Culture and Sports Patrick Obuya  pledged full support  in terms of  policies on children brought before  the House.

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