Kamene Goro and Andrew Kibe have had a very captivating conversation today and it all revolved around the age of consent. And not in the creepy way most paedophiles would get a stiffy for but to address the issue of young couples.
The Age of Consent in Kenya is 18 years old. The age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. While these laws are important to protect Kenyan girls from predators and paedophiles, they do not take into account nuanced facts.
Kenya does not have a close-in-age exemption. Close in age exemptions, commonly known as “Romeo and Juliet laws” in the United States, are put in place to prevent the prosecution of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent.
Because there is no close-in-age exemption in Kenya, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 18 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare. Similarly, no protections are reserved for sexual relations in which one participant is a 17 year old and the second is a 18 or 19 year old.
This is precisely what Kibe zoned in on. He took issue with the fact that a boy of 13 has been arrested on statutory rape charges even if he is younger than the lass in question.
Check out the heated debate that went on below: