Circumcision date set by Kuria traditional communications in Tanzania meeting
By Kevin Kokeleti
In the Kuria community, the date set for circumcision ceremony is most often set by traditional communication who are mostly based in neighbouring Tanzania.
This has hampered the fight against Female Genital Mutilation in the country which managed to pass the stringent Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation law.
“In Tanzania there is no direct law that bans FGM which has seen many Kenyans across the border to the neighbouring country,” he said.
 During a meeting, this writer attended on May 11, 2011, communicators brought together from four clans of the Kuria: Abairege, Abanyabasi, Abagumbe and Abakira placed the date as the end of the week on November 11 of the same year.
The meeting was scheduled at Nyamwaga area in Tanzania and happened at about 8:30am.
The group though moved us out when they sought to make a traditional medicine which is often poured around circumcision venue to prevent boys from dying during the process.
The meeting brought together about 60 members.
(The writer is a community mobiliser with Micontrap-, Kenya)
Three female circumcisers from Maasai community arrested at Masurura area, Narok county 
July 16, 2014
Micontrap-Kenya alongside other stakeholders helped arrest three female circumcisers from the Maasai community at Masurura area in Narok County.
The organisation met stakeholder who included area sub-county commissioner, police officers, parents, students and members of the public to discuss the challenges, achievement and recommendations to end the vice.
Peter Ndung’u, the Officer in Charge of Kilgoris Police station said the number could have been high if parents stop to interfere with their cases.
“Most often after making arrests we are faced with parents who collude with suspects and make illegal deals to frustrate their cases,” Ndung’u said.
He said the most painful cases is where girls who are young as 13 are forced to marry through the help of their parents.
Joseph Abuya, a teacher in the area said most often they are faced with a huge increase of school dropout rates after circumcision in December of each year.
“After circumcision girls are not only educate on how to become better wives and mothers, but they are psychologically wired to believe they are ready to engage in premarital sex and marriage,” he said.
The two officers said Micontrap-Kenya should increase their activity in the area to help end the vice.

Girl aged 12 raped by her teacher
October 30 to November 11, 2012
Cases of young girls below 12 years were reported between the month of October and November in different part of Kuria district. 
A teacher in Bugambe East Location, Masaba division is behind bars after he was suspected to have raped children from the school.
The teacher is said to have engaged in the sexual offence with 12 girls who are under 12 years at Nyangoge primary school.
The case has been reported at the chief’s office and at the children’s office.
In a separate incident Nyamohanga Gichere was apprehended by chief in the same Bugambe east location for attempting to marry a young girl.
The girl who is in class two was rescued and taken back to Nyamkore primary school where she is to continue with her education.
The case was reported to the area chief and Isebania police station. 
Another incident has also been reported at children’s office and Kehancha police station where a 60 year old man was reported to have raped 6  school going girls.
The said man was reported to have a tendency of carrying girls of age 6 to 12 years and there after subjected them to rape. 
The cases will be heard and the suspects charged accordingly.
Woman asks husband to pick dowry to end abusive marriage
April 30, 2012.
A runaway husband has been asked to pick his dowry after he abandoned his wife and children, a public baraza is Ngisiru village, Masaba Division heard has heard today. 
Speaking before the chief’s baraza at Mabera, Angeline Matinde, the man’s former wife requested that him to pick his cows so that they can part ways.
Matinde demanded the dowry be paid back to him because he neglected her and the children for more than six years and she had no intention of reuniting with him.
“I want nothing to do with this man and this is why I want this man to be given back his cows,” Matinde exclaimed. 
The man did not however state any reason for abandoning his wife and children.  
The distraught lady said she grew tired of waiting and got married to another man in what the community call ‘nyumba mboke.’
The family she was newly married to paid back the man three cows, terminating completely any bond the once lovebirds had.
Micontrap-Kenya at Mashujaa Day celebration in Kegonga, Kuria East sub-county
The 2011 Mashujaa day celebrations at Kegonga town in Kuria East sub-county offered Micontrap-Kenya best chance to educate locals on effects of FGM.
The mammoth crowd that turned up at the stadium to celebrate national heroes’ day celebration carried out on October 20 the organisation CEO Mark Okeyo to educate locals on need to end FGM.
“Kuria locals should ensure Female Genital Mutilation which is behind high cases of early pregnancies, teen marriages, school dropout and cattle rustling incident are ended in the area,” he said.
Robert Chacha, a local businessman and youth leader supported Okeyo’s sentiments saying the high cases of poverty in the region can boil down to FGM.
“The problem is compounded further by high cases of gender based violence against women and girls which have seen us lag behind in development,” he said.
Area commissioner Magwe Mutundika promised that government agencies will ensure the vice is stumped out in the area by ensuring those who flout laws are arrested and jailed.
Micontrap-Kenya help in forming women, youth groups in Kuria West sub-county
Komorege joint women group brings together women from Masaba division who stand together to end female genital mutilation and high gender based violence in their community.
Micontrap-Kenya helped 23 women who are opinion leaders from Nyankore sub-location of the division at a meeting held on February 03, 2011 at Tongeria Apostolic Church to form the group.
Maria Rioba Marebwa was elected the chairlady assisted by Colleta Magaiwa Bugusa. The secretary of the group will be Helen Robi Maroa while the treasurer will be Anna Nchagwa Wesiko.
The group was registered on March 3, 2011 and got identification number KUR/0157056/2011.
On the same scope, a meeting at Getong’anya Secondary School helped form a youth group that brings together those who have stood against FGM in the area.
Mzee Sospeter Kiriga who is the father of Gladys Mwita, a lady who has refused to undergo the cut was present at the function.
He said Gladys secured a grade C+ from the school and was admitted at Presbyterian University of East Africa where she is taking Bachelor of Education (Science option) degree.
“I am happy she has been picked a group leader as her story despite coming from a poor background will help encourage girls in the matter,” he said.
Church leaders recognize Micontrap-Kenya in fight against FGM
November 11, 2011.
Church leaders have lauded Micontrap-Kenya for it efforts of ensuring that the Kuria community are educated on the shortfall of FGM
The church leaders who spoke in a meeting held at Matare church in Ntimaru promised to work closely with Micontrap-Kenya to see to it that its objectives were met. 
The church leaders asked Micontrap-Kenya to organize the registration of groups with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social development and fund them.
The leaders said these groups will help in sensitizing and educating groups and churches on FGM, child labour, wife inheritance and early marriages in Kuria East ahead of the oncoming circumcision ceremonies.
The church leaders also asked Micontrap and other organisations to help fund the building of a Christian community hall at Mutiniti village. 
The clerics drawn from various churches promised talk traditional communicators to opposing FGM thereby helping in fulfilling Micontrap-Kenya’s agenda.
Micontrap-Kenya visits 127 girls who escaped FGM at St Mary Mabera Secondary School
Officials from Micontrap-Kenya visited the rescue center of girls who have escaped from Female Genital Mutilation at St Mary’s Mabera Girls secondary school.
The meeting on December 22, 2011 also culminated into the organisation offering gifts to the girls, education on effects of FGM and spent a day with them ahead of Christmas festive season.
The organisation delegation was led by Mark Okeyo (CEO), Titus Orwa (Project Coordinator), Ruth Sabai (Accountant), John Momo (Cashier), Celleta Bwahi (Mobiliser) and Jane Boke (Mobiliser).
A total of 127 girls were rescued at the center.
“Two had to be sent home after they came to the camp when they were already circumcised and they could negatively influence the others,” Bwahi said.
She said 17 girls out of the team had been completely rejected by their families and the matter was being handled by the local children department.
“We helped formed clubs among girls which will help them share their experience when schools re-open for next year,” Bwahi said.
 
Cross border practices hinder fight against FGM
October 25, 2011.
Leaders in Ntimaru have said practicing of FGM along the Kenya-Tanzania border posed a threat to ending of the vice. 
Communicators who report on FGM cases while speaking at Mutinity primary school in Ntimaru said the Kenyan government had put laws against the vice while their Tanzania counterparts had not. 
The communicators said culprits moved to Tanzania once they got information of them being sought after for engaging in the outlawed vice. 
During the meeting it was noted that children as young as 10 years were married of after they had gone through the cut.
Mr. Chacha Kaleb who is a Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) chairperson and head teacher Mutiniti primary school said the school had experienced a case where a class three pupil had dropped out of school for circumcision and thereafter marriage. 
The head teacher admitted that such cases were prevalent in Kuria and calledon relevant authorities to come together to end FGM.
Pawa, Fokus and Micontrap-Kenya group on Masurura site visit
Micontrap-Kenya visited Masurura primary school in Trans Mara, Narok county on a site visit for part of its projects.
The organisation donor partners Fokus-Norway and Pan African Woman Association (Pawa) Norway branch representative were present among governmet, civil society, church and residents representatives.
The August 28, 2011 meeting was opened by area assistant chief Josiahn Masiaha and acted as interpreter to ensure the local community and donors get intended information.
Micontrap-Kenya Project Coordinator V. Orwa congratulated the Maasai community for a positive response on their work in the area which include education to end early marriages, female genital mutilation and gender based violence.
“Locals has praised our effort to work with them and thanked the donors for their noble move, we will not disappoint them,” Orwa said.
A total of 906 members attended.
 
Micontrap-Kenya pays a courtesy call to Kuria West DC James Mugwe
On august 16, 2011 Micontrap-Kenya paid a courtesy visit at the office of Kuria West sub-county commissioner James Mugwe.
Mugwe said that most lobby and civil society groups in his region are only ‘briefcase’ entities without tangible results on the ground.
“We never see them in stakeholder meetings and they hamper attempts to end FGM and gender violence in the area,” Mugwe said.
He advised Micontrap-Kenya to ensure their work is felt by locals by maximizing on reach of targeted groups.
“I laud the organisation for passing by and we will engage in further functions,” he said.
He lauded Micontrap-Kenya for earlier ventures that brought together leaders and opinion shapers in the sub-county.