Mombasa Gubernatorial hopeful Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir has vowed to tame Gender Based Violence in Mombasa if elected in the August, 9 general election.
Nassir says he has advocated for women’s rights while serving as Mvita Constituency Legislature for the last nine years and he will do more to ensure women’s rights are fully observed.
Nassir who is vying for the Mombasa county top seat on an Orange Democratic Party (ODM) ticket says according to gender desk located at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital there has been an increase in violence against women and children, a situation that he is working towards curtailing.
The politician was addressing over 500 women activists in Mombasa who had coverged at the Koblenz hall within Mvita Constituency to chat various approaches in containing GBV among women in the county.
The meeting had been convened by Sauti ya Wanawake, a women rights advocacy lobby that operates in all the six Coast counties.
“I am pained by the current situation when I see the victims of Gender Based Violence narrating what they went through while seeking justice, I promise to employ a legal officer who will be helping these victims and who will be incharge of fighting for justice for the aggrieved parties,” not Mr Nassir.
The outgoing lawmaker revealed that he will also ensure there is a safe house for the victims who will receive medical assistant, legal redress and counseling sessions from qualified personnel employed by the next county government.
On her part, Sauti ya Wanawake Executive Director Violet Muthiga says the current Mombasa county government failed in enacting and implementing Gender policy thus creating many challenges for the gender and children’s rights activists to pursue justice.
“We want assurance from Mr Nassir that he will streamline all involved departments and ensure Gender Based Violence and sexual violence meted on women and children in Mombasa county becomes a thing of the past,” reiterated Muthiga.