Muslim cleric accused of marrying 13-year-old girl in Lamu

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Police are investigating a child marriage incident in Lamu where a muslim cleric is accused of marrying a 13-year-old girl in Dide Waride village.

The cleric is accused of working in cahoots with the girl’s parents.

Dide Waride Chief Abdi Bocha said the girl is a Standard Eight pupil at a local school.

The girl was married off to the ustadh on July 13. We have done our best to rescue her but her parents are colluding with the man to ensure the marriage happens,” Mr Bocha said.

Lamu Commissioner Irungu Macharia confirmed the incident and said the cleric and the girl’s parents will be arrested.

Mr Macharia urged parents to inculcate the culture of education in their children in order to fight biting poverty in Lamu.