Self-proclaimed ‘anti-FGM activist’ arrested for extorting FGM victim

An anti-FGM activist in Meru has been arrested for concocting a lie in order to con a Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) victim’s family.

Igembe Central DCC Josiah Odongo said Mr Kithela Kubai solicited money from the family promising to secure the release of the mother of the victim.

The mother had been arrested and charged on Monday for perpetrating ‘the cut’ on her 22-year-old who died as a result.

“He extorted money from them but was unable to secure release of the woman. This is why the family reported the matter to the DCI leading to the arrest of the suspect,” Mr Odongo said.

Earlier this week, Ms Aisha Mwathimba, the mother of the victim who died last week, was charged with failing to report the FGM incident and was released on a cash bail of Sh30,000.

The case will be heard in on June 5.

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