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Activists want sexual offenses Act, 2006 reviewed

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A civil society group has called on Coast legislators to move, with speed and review the sexual offenses Act, 2006 to help curb increased cases of defilement and sexual violence meted on children. 

Haki Africa wants parliament to enact laws that will make defilement and sexual violence related cases punishable by life imprisonment.

This comes in the wake of increased cases of defilement among minors.

Haki Africa Programmes Co-ordinator Salma Ahmed said that his organization had began a process of mobilizing Coast legislators, with the view of reviewing sexual offenses Acts to make defilement, cases non bailable and to attract life imprisonment to a suspect found guilty of engaging in the act.

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She called on security organs, to increase surveillance and carry out regular patrols during the festive season to ensure children are safe from pedophiles during this period.

On his part Mvita member of Parliament Abdul-swamad Shariff  said he would be mobilizing other legislators drawn from the coast region to support the amendment and described it as a disturbing trend.

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