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IMPLEMENTATION OF ALTERNATIVE FAMILY  CARE GUIDELINES FOR CHILDREN LAUNCHED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN KISUMU

Posted by African Press International on July 3, 2018

  • By Dickens Wasonga.

    The Government has launched a pilot project that will see the state  provide alternative family care services for children in the country. The objective of the of the implementation of the alternative family care services will be to strengthen the overall promotion and protection of  the best interest and equal rights of children who are denied family and community care currently Launched in Kisumu county as a pilot,  the project will be rolled out countrywide so as  to support and improve alternative care provision to children deprived of  parental care .

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    According to the principal secretary, state department for social protection , pensions and senior citizens affairs Ms Susan Mochache,  the program is in line with the alternative family care guidelines 2014 and the national plan of action on children in Kenya 2015-2022.
    The PS told a stakeholder  meeting in Kisumu  recently that Kenya is steadily moving away from residential care of children to family and community based care .
    This she noted was due to the recognition of the adverse effects that institutionalization has on the developmental outcomes and well-being of children ” It is in this regard that efforts ere being made to encourage family and community based care so as to reduce the numbers of children living in institutional care ” she said

    The  United Nations guidelines for alternative family care of children 2009 encourages efforts to have children taken care of within their families and where this is not possible , the state should provide for appropriate alternative family care services .

    These includes adoption, guardianship, kinship care , foster care and other forms of family based care, or supervised independent living arrangements as a way of promoting the child’s well-being.
    The government recommends that, in order to mitigate on the negative effects of institutionalizing child protection  and care, efforts by various stakeholders must be channeled towards addressing the underlying reasons for decisions to place children in residential care in the first place. Factors such as poverty, family breakdown , disability and the lack of alternatives to residential cares requires holistic responses , according to the ministry so as to identify families at risk and address their needs to avoid placement of children in residential care facilities. As a step into ensuring the best interest of children is safeguarded , the ministry of labor and social protection under the state department of social protection , jointly with stakeholders , developed the alternative family care guidelines for children in 2014
    The guidelines are in tune with the the United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child .

  • These guidelines provides harmonized national guidance for child welfare and protection practitioners in order to improve the quality of family support and alternative care services in the country.
  • The PS stated that the government will continue to provide social assistance to vulnerable groups such as children through cash transfers to orphans and other vulnerable children which currently cover over 353,000 households countrywide.

    Kisumu county, currently has a total of 12,460 households benefiting from the cash transfer program for orphans and vulnerable children .

    Although such efforts has greatly had a positive impact on the lives of our children, a lot more still  needs to be done.  Issues of child abuse and molestation, high pregnancy cases among teenagers, child neglect and other forms of  child labor especially in the fishing communities is still a worrying trend that need to be looked at.

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INSECURITY WITHIN KISUMU IS NOW WORRYING THE CITY RESIDENTS, WANTS THE POLICE TO ACT.

Posted by African Press International on July 3, 2018

  • By  Dickens Wasonga
    Residents of Kisumu wants the police to stem the spiraling cases of thuggery within Kisumu city and its satellite towns.
    Members of the public are now a worried lot over  the increasing  attacks  of the gun wielding gangsters which has left some people dead and others nursing serious gun wounds .
    The outcry comes hot  in the wake of an incident along Kisian- Kisumu highway on Friday night  last week that saw thugs shoot dead a lead research scientist attached to the KEMRI – CDC Kisian center.
    Prof Odada was shot and wounded by thugs at night ,around 11 PM and later succumbed to the gun shot wounds while receiving treatment at the Aga Khan hospital in Kisumu.
    He is said to have been accosted by the gunmen who had earlier attempted to raid the home of Kisumu based  top surgeon  Dr James  Otieno Obondi.
    The incident was reported just a few days following another one where a man who was alleged to  have picked up a Woman in Kondele area allegedly killed her before the suspect was also killed by a mob.
    The body of the slain woman was reportedly discovered  in the suspect’s house at Car -Wash area   by neighbors while  hidden in a suit- case. The  reason behind the killing was yet to be established.
    And in Muhoroni,   a woman and her baby were allegedly killed by a house -help who later escaped.
    The woman was said to be from one of the neighboring countries .Police are following leads to arrest her .
    Cases of house breaking are also becoming common in most of the estates within Kisumu City  with the criminals targeting electronic appliances and other valuables .
    Estates such as Lolwe, Car wash, Migosi, Mamboleo, Riat, Nyamasaria are some of the worst -hit by the current  wave of the burglary attacks where residents have repeatedly reported loss of household goods.
    Not long  ago a Kisumu based TV journalist working at the nation media group Kisumu office  had her residence raided . Namukabu Werunga of NTV lost most of her household goods at Migosi estate.
    The thugs sneaked in at her house at  night and the TV journalist  got a rude shock when she woke up in the morning to an empty living room.
    Earlier, Justus Ochieng , also of  Nation Kisumu bureau  lost items of unknown value in a similar  attack at his Mamboleo residence forcing him to relocate to another estate within the city .
    Justus immediately  reported the matter to the police at the  Mamboleo patrol base and a suspect was later arrested with a lap top following a police swoop.
    The case which has also been rocked with controversies over claims of exhibit alterations is still  pending in court awaiting hearing and determination at Winam law court although the prosecution on one hand has been pushing the complainant to have it withdrawn in Kisumu
    In some instances, the daring thugs attack even when the occupants of the houses are still awake and violently cart- away the priced items with lap top , flat screen TV sets ,  micro waves, and gas cookers forming the list of the most sought – after items by these gangs.
    Residents suspect that they could also be using chemicals that they  spray so that their victims sleep soundly as they stage the break- in .
    Motor – cycle riders, especially those who operate in the town and within the estates at night have also fallen victims of the attackers some of whom pose as passengers only to turn ion the riders at gun point.
    Many have been injured while several others have lost their motorbikes to the marauding gangs who seems to be having a field day.
    Unconfirmed reports also claimed that two weeks ago, thugs held petrol attendants and unsuspecting clients  hostage for several hours at Mamba filling station before making away with thousands of shillings of looted cash after the ordeal.
    The thugs, according to unofficial reports were armed with  guns and  also wore police uniforms.
      However, the top police command   in the region remained tight lipped on the matter declining to respond to our efforts  to have them confirm or deny the allegations about the petrol station takeover.  Efforts to get comments over the same bore no fruits from the police who had texts messages sent to them .
    Cases of people losing mobile phones especially at the main bus park and and at the Kondele round- about where thugs on foot roam and  ambush unsuspecting phone users and snatch their handsets while in matatus is no longer news to write about. This even with the advanced technology that can help police to tack down and nab suspected mobile phone snatchers
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