Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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MPs in rush to enact law on mandatory child upkeep

Legislators are in a race against time to pass a bill to bring a new morning for children before the long December break.

Parliament has invited members of the public to share their views on the Children’s Law in 2021 after its first reading in the National Assembly.

The draft law was then handed over to the Committee on Labor and Social Affairs after its first reading.

Parliamentarians are on a short break scheduled for Thursday, the period during which the committee seeks public participation in the bill.

Secretary Michael Sialai issued a statement on Monday calling on Kenyans to submit their memoranda to August with their views on the bill -House send. and possible changes.

The bill, sponsored by Majority Leader Amos Kimunya, that is state legislation, aims to provide equal parental responsibility (50-50) for children.

The law Also seeks to fill the legal loopholes in the areas of adoption, care, custody, alimony, guardians, hip and protection to enforce the constitution.

“The memoranda can be dealt with to the Secretary of the National Assembly, handed over in person or by e-mail to [emailprotected] by November 4, 2021,” says the message .

The proposed law also increases the penalties for online child exploitation, child marriage, human trafficking, radicalization and sexual exploitation.

The current Child Act was passed in 2001 and is considered obsolete, since it is in Edited under the old constitutional regime and has no special facilities for children.

The new bill aims to assign the role of child protection to police, police chiefs, child officers, probation officers, prison officers, medical staff and teachers .


It should also raise the age of criminal liability of children from the outset between eight and twelve years of age and also provides for the separation of children Children in police custody.

The new law also allows Kenyans in the diaspora to adopt children and set up a supervisory authority to checkmate children’s homes and other care facilities.

The stakeholders behind the Bill says it serves the best interests of the child, provides resources for the establishment of the National Council for Children’s Services, and minors ar the place of a child in custody and inheritance.

The law also provides measures to combat violence against children, access to justice for children through diversion programs and the right to parental care.

< p> There will be provisions for social security to give orphaned and vulnerable children access to alternative care services.

The new law also explicitly provides the right of every child to free and compulsory basic education and health.

It also mandates the district government to set up childcare facilities, take precautions or facilitate access to preschool education, play and leisure centers for children.

The bill also provides for the establishment of programs, systems and Childcare systems in front of structures in collaboration with the National Council for Children’s Services.