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Probation Officers Encouraged to Foster Probationers’ Business Ideas

Probation Officers Encouraged to Foster Probationers’ Business Ideas


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

KNA by Rennish Okong’o

Elgeyo Marakwet County Director of Probation, David Barasa, has urged probation officers to encourage probationers under their care to develop and pursue their business ideas.

Speaking today during a probation case committee meeting at the Marakwet West Deputy County Commissioner’s Office boardroom in Kapsowar, Barasa emphasized the importance of not imposing business concepts on probationers.

“Let probationers build their ideas of business,” Barasa stated adding: “Bringing your ideas to them may not be sustainable. It’s essential to build on what they envision for themselves.”

Barasa also said the probation office is not solely focused on probation but also dealt with Community Service Orders (CSO) and aftercare.

“We are also expanding our scope to include crime prevention to reduce the number of people getting involved in criminal activities,” he added.

However, he noted that funding remains a significant challenge, hindering officers from reaching many clients promptly. “We are constrained by limited funding, which impacts our ability to support all our clients adequately,” he said.

On his part a Children’s Officer Tom Simiyu raised concerns about the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the region, sentiments also raised by area Maendeleo ya Wanawake representative Ms Veronica Suter.

“FGM will continue until people receive proper education. More people need to be exposed to alternative cultures and work outside their communities,” Suter noted.

Speaking during the meeting area Assistant County Commissioner Jumbale Chibanza highlighted the social stigma surrounding those who have not undergone FGM stressing, “Until the stigmatization of those who have not undergone FGM stops, it will be difficult to end the vice. Those who have not undergone the act feel left out, making the work of security officers very challenging.”

Chibanza stressed the importance of collective efforts in addressing the issue.

“The government will do its work, donors will also contribute, but the community must also do their part to bring to an end this practice,” he maintained

The meeting resolved there was an urgent need for enhanced community education and collaborative efforts to tackle the challenges facing the probation office and broader societal issues like FGM.

Courtesy; KNA

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