CS Mucheru orders CA to filter pornographic sites to protect children

ICT CS Joe Mucheru addresses the press at the CIO 100 symposium, Naivasha, November 29, 2018./COURTESY

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has directed the Communication Authority to filter pornographic sites to help protect children.

Mucheru on Thursday said the increased access to the sites by young people has largely contributed to early pregnancies.

“Our children are our future. Let’s close the sites first, then have a debate on when to open them,” Mucheru said.

He spoke at the CIO 100 symposium at Naivasha.
KNEC Chairman George Magoha had on Wednesday said the ICT sector is partly to blame for the increased ease of access of pornographic sites in the country.

Magoha said the pregnancy crisis witnessed in the country is due to the fact that some of the young girls access some of these sites and that parents have failed to give advice to their children.

“The shame that we are getting pregnant girls all over the place implies there is absolute moral decadence among parents and it is a high time we produce children that we have time for,” he said.

“I dont hear our leaders talking about family planning. In fact some of them encourage people to have more children for voting purposes. They should be ashamed of themselves.”

Many pregnancy cases were reported during the KCSE and KCPE period.

Kitui county produced the highest number of KCSE candidates sitting exams while pregnant at 110 while about 30 KCPE candidates gave birth.

DPP Noordin Haji and Education CS Amina Mohamed have ordered a probe over the high number of pregnancy cases.

Early this week, DPP Noordin Haji ordered the DCI to investigate cases of teenage pregnancies and early marriages that came to the fore during KCPE and KCSE exams.

According to the United Nations Population Fund, nearly 378,400 adolescent girls in Kenya aged between 10 and 19 years became pregnant between July 2016 and June 2017.

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