Clergymen in Mombasa are calling on the County government to closely work with other stakeholders to end the bulging street family issues in the county.
The clergymen say Mombasa County is experiencing an influx in street families adding the issue should be looked into.
Mombasa Catholic Archbishop Martin Kivuva said the hundreds of families are living in deplorable conditions and exposed to all manners of violence.
He cited the main homes of the street families in the Island including the famous ‘Maboksini’ area near KRA Coast regional offices and Makadara ground spots as those experiencing an increase of the families.
Kivuva who said the Catholic church has been in the forefront deliberating on the social issue wants a debate on how better street family issue can be solved.
Speaking at the Holy Ghost Cathedral Catholic church in Mombasa, Kivuva said street families especially women are exposed to sexual violence.
“Despite all these problems facing the streets families, they have nowhere to report to or anyone to turn to,” revealed Kivuva.
He called for an amicable solution to such social but insecurity issue facing Mombasa County.
“Though most of them are from other areas of the country, we need to chat various ways of reuniting them with their families,” noted The Man of God.
On his part Mombasa Jubilee Christian Church Priest Reverend Edwin Kanja scoffed at Mombasa County government for arresting the street families.
[Mombasa Jubilee Christian Church Rev. Edwin Kanja. Photo/Tom Fondo].
He said arresting them has never yielded fruits, appealing for a firm deliberation on the issue.
“They are arrested, bundled into county and police vehicles and after serving their three or four month sentences they return to the streets,” posed Rev. Kanja.
He said as religious leaders they will continue engaging the County government, the national government and other relevant authorities to ensure the street family issue in Mombasa is addressed.