The national government has banned a local dance by the name of Kwara Kwara in Kacheliba sub-county West Pokot county which is blamed for increased cases of pregnancies and early marriages.
Speaking at Kodich area, Kacheliba Deputy County Commissioner Kennedy Kiprop banned the dances with immediate effect terming them as catalysts to the increasing numbers of early pregnancies and early marriages in the area.
“There is this new dance called Kwara Kwara that is popular among the youth and which has led to immorality among them. I am banning it with immediate effect. All the chiefs and their assistants should crack the whip and arrest those found disobeying the ban,” Kiprop said.
The administrator further noted that following the dance's popularity there has been a steady increase in the number of girls dropping out of school due to early age pregnancies leading to their early marriage.
“I am urging you, locals, not to allow youths in the villages to hold this dance as it is really derailing the gains we had made in educating our children, especially the girls,” Kiprop said.
He further noted that the county had succeeded in ensuring a 98% primary to high school transition of all school-going children.
“Most of our children are in school and our task as the national government is to ensure they stay there till they complete their studies,” Kiprop said.
The administrator also warned parents in the area who transport their children to neighboring Uganda to undergo the cut during the short school holidays saying it was against the law.
“We have intelligence that residents of Kodich and Orolwa who live in the border zones are sending their female children to undergo the cut in the neighboring country. We are following possible leads and those found will be apprehended and face criminal justice,” Kiprop warned.
This comes as drought is experiencing in the area with the majority of locals migrating to Uganda in search of pasture for their animals.