Matiang’i makes his stand known on sex age debate

FRED MATIANG'I [PHOTO | COURTESY]

Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Dr Fred Matiang’i has expressed his objection to plans to lower the legal sex age from 18 to 16 years.

According to the minister, children should be protected at any cost.

“I want to assure you [that] we can never be mad enough to support such nonsense regarding the consent age… There is some madness that people engage in that is so difficult to understand,” said Matiang’i during a prize giving ceremony at Pangani Girls’ High School in Nairobi on Friday.

“How on earth? Ni kazi umekosa? How can we be debating about endangering the lives of our children?” posed the CS.

The Interior minister further urged parents and government officials to, instead, work together to find solutions to challenges facing the youth such as addiction to gambling and gaming.

In March this year, three Court of Appeal judges proposed an amendment to the Sexual Offences Act to have the age of sex consent lowered from 18 to 16, a suggestion that sparked nationwide debate.

The appellate court judges argued that “many men are rotting in jails for engaging in sex with teenagers, who were willing to take part in the act”.

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