Kenyan Judges Propose Lowering of Age of Consent

In Kenya this week, three Court of Appeal Judges, Daniel Musinga, Roselyn Nambuye and Patrick Kiage, have proposed lowering the age limit of sexual contact from 18 to 16. Their proposed amendment states that “[A 16 year-old] may not have attained the age of maturity but they may well have reached the age of discretion and are able to make intelligent and informed decisions about their lives and their bodies. That is the mystery of growing up, which is a process, and not a series of disjointed leaps.” The proposed amendment came about as a result of an appeal related to the Sexual Offences Act No.3 of 2006.

There has been a lot of debate surrounding the proposal, with Network Member, Robert Aseda, giving his views in the videos below.