NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7- President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday said the government is considering adopting the use of technology in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which is still practiced in several communities in the country.
Despite a campaign and initiatives to discourage the practice, many communities in rural Kenya including Kisii and Maasai are still practicing it.
On Monday, the president told a youth group at the Bomas of Kenya that the government was determined to end the traditional practice that has devastating long term effects on girls and women.
The President said this will include an application where such cases can be reported anonymously, including by victims who are mainly young girls.
Online applications are being used to report police excesses under the Internal Affairs Unit.
“We want to eliminated the vice of FGM by 2022,” he said. “We have made it clear where we find societies and communities encouraging the outdated practice, we will be taking action starting with the assistant chief. As leaders, all the way from the grassroots level, we must take responsibility,” President Kenyatta said at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi during the launch of Kenya Ni Mimi, a youth initiative.
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