The Anti-FGM Board now says that there is no medical proof that Female Genital Mutilation was forcefully conducted on a Murang’a lady by her husband.
Chairperson of the board Agnes Pareyio on Wednesday, July 7 said that claims by the 38-year-old lady from Kandara cannot be ratified. Hellen Wangui claimed that she was circumcised by her husband together with other people.
According to Pareyio, the medical report shows that the lady was assaulted but it is not clear if the husband with his colleagues wanted to circumcise her.
The board, in conjunction with security officers, say that a thorough investigation is still ongoing to ascertain the truth of the incident that shocked the nation three weeks ago.
Wangui, who is still recuperating in hospital, made a report to the police station claiming her husband together with 10 more people circumcised her.
She argued her husband is a follower of a cult dubbed Gwata Ndai, which forbids its members to have uncircumcised women, therefore is advocating and perpetuating clitoridectomy.
The board, however, raised alarm over the increase in cases of FGM in the central part of Kenya, warning those who are behind the retrogressive behaviours.
“FGM preference among the Kikuyu community is at 26 percent. It’s a worrying trend considering people from central region are educated and well conversant with impacts associated with FGM,” said Pareyio at the office of Murang’a County commissioner.
Pareyio observed that an intensive sensitisation programme need to be rolled out targeting to educate the young on dangers associated with FGM.
“FGM is quite high in 22 counties. Murang’a is not one of them but we are investigating to know the reality and apprehend those who want to bring back the behaviours among the community.”
Among the communities which are leading in conducting FGM, Pareyio said, include Kisii, Maasai, Samburu and Somali.
On his part, Murang’a County Commissioner Fredrick Ndunga said that the lady and her husband have been having unending wrangles in their marriage.
“Two medical assessments were done and none proved the lady from Kandara underwent FGM. We are still investigating deeper to know the truth of the matter and what transpired,” he said.
The commissioner asked local residents to provide security officers with factual information and avoid peddling rumours, especially on sensitive issues.