Chief arrested after being spotted at wedding of nine-year-old girl

He also facilitated the circumcision of the young girl

David Kipkemei, the Kajiado County Commissioner said the officers stormed the ceremony that was attended by members of both families.

Facilitation

"When my officers arrived at the village, everything, including food, beer and the bridal preparation, was ready for the ceremony to start. On noticing the officers, hell broke loose and everyone ran leaving the little girl crying," said Mr Kipkemei.

He said that during the rescue mission, among those arrested was an assistant chief from the same village who is said to have facilitated the ceremony.

The assistant chief was later charged in a Kajiado court and interdicted for attending the illegal marriage.

Circumcision

The commissioner wondered how the assistant chief, being the law enforcer, could facilitate the illegal wedding.

Addressing the media in his office on Saturday, Kipkemei said the assistant chief was also reported to have facilitated the circumcision of the young girl.

"I am sending a warning to all chiefs and their assistants in this county that anyone who will be involved in this retrogressive culture of early marriages and girl circumcision will not be spared," said Kipkemei.

The commissioner further noted that female genital mutilation and early marriages still remain a big challenge for girls in the county.

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