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ODM Leader Raila Odinga Calls For Urgent Candid Discussion on Gender-Based Violence

by Zablon Ondari
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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has decried the worrying cases of domestic violence that have been making the headlines recently.

Taking to his social media on Tuesday, 20th April, he s that too many lives have been lost in the recent past due to Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

“It is unfortunate that after winning their partner’s heart, instead of going on to cherish and love them, some suddenly turn physical, and at times horrifically end up killing them. Too many lives are being lost on an almost daily basis going by media reports.

Odinga condemned the violence, which, he said, must come to an end, adding that it is time the country held a conversation on the increasing GBV cases.

The former Prime Minister also advised those in relationships that if things can’t work out for them they should part ways peacefully to avert killings relationships.

“This scourge must come to an end. The abnormality of these murders cannot become the normal No! If you cannot reconcile, then, leave and let live. We need an urgent candid discussion on #GenderBasedViolence as a Nation,” said Odinga.

Cases of domestic violence resulting in murders have been on the rise.

The most recent case is one involving a 37-year-old Kiambu businessman, Evans Karani, who confessed to brutally killing his girlfriend because he could not bear seeing her with another man despite him being married and having four kids.

Also two weeks ago, a junior officer attached to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i committed suicide. Police Constable Hudson Wakise shot dead his wife, Pauline Wakasa, who was also an officer, before turning the gun on himself in front of their children.

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