Parents whose children will be found loitering near Masinga Hydroelectric power dam in Embu County will be arrested and charged under children’s act.
According to Makima location chief, Charles Ngari, the area security committee placed orders barring unpermitted people including children from loitering around the dam effective from Saturday, 4th July 2020. Speaking after the security team arrested over 50 teenagers within the area on Sunday, Ngari said parents ought to understand the whereabouts of their children.
He said after going across the forest planted near the dam, they came across empty cans of takeaway beer indicating that visitors have been partying within the forest. He said those who were arrested were going contrary to the government’s order that discourages public gatherings. He revealed that some of those arrested on Sunday had carried Miraa among other and takeaway beers.
Chief Ngari said Makima security team imposed orders barring visiting different attraction sites especially by students following increased teen pregnancies.
It is in order to note that last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta warned chiefs that they will be answerable if students continue being impregnated.
The chief spoke to parents of the teenagers who were arrested and warned them against allowing their children to move aimlessly. Additionally, the chief warned business people who sell beer among other drugs to visitors. A boda boda rider, Savelio Mbogo said they were making a kill transporting visitors to the site especially now that the schools have been closed following COVID-19 pandemic. A teenager whom we have hidden her name as required to media ethics said she had visited the area for the first time noting that she had come in a group of three.
However, she denied that they had an ill motive of visiting the widely known area.