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CS Kobia Raises an Alarm as Gender Based violence Continue to Soar

Kevin Ochieng

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Cases of gender based violence (GBV) has been on the rise lately causing alarm and more questions that needs to be addressed.

Cabinet Secretary for Public service and Gender, Professor Margaret Kobia has raised the alarm over cases of GBV cases in Kenya that have continued to be on the rise especially during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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According to CS Kobia, between January and March 2021, a total of 877 cases of gender based violence have been recorded. The cases are highest in Nairobi County, closely followed by Kakamega, Kisumu, Nakuru and Kiambu counties.

“As Government, we recognize that we cannot win the fight against GBV single handedly therefore, we have to synergize efforts,” Prof. Kobia twitted.

Photo: CS Kobia twitter handle

According to data from the ministry, in 2020, there were 5,009 GBV cases reported up from 1,411 the previous years. The CS has urged the public to help complement the government’s efforts to fight the vice.

“We must all stand up against GBV through reporting, supporting victims and we must also discourage harmful and retrogressive cultural beliefs. I call on all Kenyans to be tolerant and to find appropriate ways of solving differences rather than resorting to violence,” she said.

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Other leaders including Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has also come out to condemn the increase in killings of women across the country. She said that the recent murder of Christine Nyokabi in Kasarani adds to the many cases over the last two years which end up being unresolved.

“I am aware that there are many other cases of women who have been murdered in our villages and towns but the cases go unreported,” she said.

According to her, GBV is a national crisis which must be addressed by all leaders in the country. She calls for a national conversation on the crisis so that urgent measures are taken.

“Of great concern is the fact that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against women are still walking free and probably killing other women. I am calling on all leaders in Kenya to raise our voices against this dangerous culture of murdering women, which is slowly taking root in our country,” she said.

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