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MP Wamuchomba to move a motion in Parliament criminalizing Femicide

Member of Parliament Githunguri Hon. Gathoni Wamuchomba during the launch of Coalition against sexual violence strategic plan in Mercure hotel Nairobi today. Photo: Benard Mulwa

By Benard Mulwa
Githunguri Member of Parliament Hon. Gathoni Wamuchomba today has publically mentioned to move a motion in Parliament seeking to outlaw femicide in Kenya if it becomes a law.
The law maker was speaking during the launch of coalition against sexual violence strategic plan which calls on the Government of Kenya to prevent and ensure accountability for femicide by training and supporting the National Police Service and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution to investigate and prosecute cases of gender-based violence.
Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) is a national non-profit women’s rights organization that was established in 1995 to respond to the silence of the Kenyan society in addressing Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).
Hon. Gathoni Wamuchomba said femicide has been grouped together with other form of gender based violence and it is increasingly becoming a menace in Kenya following cases witnessed in the recent past.
In Kenya, the data collected by Africa Data Hub suggest that over the past eight years, 75 percent of female homicide victims were killed by intimate partners or family members, most often husbands or boyfriends.
Hon. Wamuchomba she is the current chair of the committee that oversights the implementation of Kenyan Constitution and also the out-going chair of KEWOPA and currently chair of coffee caucus of the National Assembly.
Wangu Kanja foundation which is spearheaded by a sexual survivor

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