Two Convicted Over FGM in Bukwo

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Sharon Cherotich 22 and a 15-year-old girl were convicted on their own plea of guilty by Grade One Magistrate, Vian Kwizera on Thursday.

Two people have been convicted by the Grade One Magistrate in Bukwo district for practising Female Genital Mutilation- FGM.

Sharon Cherotich 22 and a 15-year-old girl were convicted on their own plea of guilty by Grade One Magistrate, Vian Kwizera on Thursday.

According to the police, the two with three others on the run were mutilated by unidentified surgeon, also on run, on October 30, 2018, in Amerimer Village, Riwo Sub County in Bukwo District.

Alfred Baluku, the District Police Commander, Bukwo says they received information regarding the practice from some of their informants, leading to the arrest.

Baluku says the act, which was banned in 2010 is still practiced secretly in the bushes, especially along the Kenya border.


He added that the hunt for the surgeon and the other three girls who were mutilated on the same day is on. He adds that the suspects fled to Kenya after realizing that police were hunting for them. 

Under the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act, 2010, any person who carries out female genital mutilation on herself commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment not exceeding ten years. The Act also stipulates that the consent of the victim to female genital mutilation shall not be a defence to conduct FGM.

FGM, a practice which involves altering the female genitalia for non-medical reasons remains one of the cherished cultural practices among the Pokot, Sabiny and Tepeth tribes in the districts of Kapchorwa, Kween and Bukwo in Sebei Sub Region.

The practice is equally prevalent in Amudat and parts of Moroto and Nakapiripirit districts in Karamoja Sub Region.

The law provides for a 10-year jail sentence for any person convicted of practising FGM and life imprisonment for incidences that lead to death, disability or result in the victim's infection with HIV/AIDS.

Medical experts warn that FGM can cause severe bleeding and health issues including infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth and the increased risk of newborn deaths. 

Although five people from Bukwo, including a surgeon and the victims of FGM, were sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Chief Magistrates' Court in Kapchorwa in 2014, residents are yet to abandon the practice. 

Cherotich and the minor await for their sentence on December 12.