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County govt urged to rehabilitate street children


As the world marked the International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking on Tuesday, the county government of Nakuru has been challenged to take the lead role in rehabilitating the increasing number of street families in the country.

With an estimated 10,000 street children and families spread across major towns in Nakuru, the county government has for long been blamed for doing little to save the situation that many fear will soon get out of hand.

Former NACADA boss John Mututho now wants the county government to set up rehabilitation centers to help street children.

He called on Governor Lee Kinyanjui to negotiate with Kenya Railways to allow his government to use part of the railways Go-Downs and land in setting up the rehab centers

Mututho who is also the former Naivasha Member of Parliament called on the business community to partner with the government in getting the street families out of the streets.

At the same time, he wants the government to admit reformed street children into the National Youth Service as a way of preventing them from going back to the streets after undergoing rehabilitation.

On the issue of health, Mututho suggested that the county government has registered all street children to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) scheme to ensure that they get treatment in any NHIF-accredited hospital.

He also cautioned county government askaris against harassing street children under the disguise of getting them out of town.

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