Kenyan government has announced an immediate ban on adoption of children by foreign nationals.
The announcement was made by President Uhuru Kenyatta during a cabinet meeting where the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection was directed to formulate a new policy documented to regulate the adoption of children by foreign nationals in the country.
“The meeting also directed the Labour Ministry to streamline operations of the Child Welfare Society of Kenya and those of children homes in the country,” said the president.
The cabinet meeting also resulted in all licences to conduct intercounty adoptions in Kenya revoked with immediate effect.
This is because it was reported that Kenya’s current laws do not recognise child sale, child procuring, child trade and child laundering as part of trafficking, which had previously put Kenyan children at high risk.
The state believe that it has created a loophole for fraudulent vested interests, masquerading through ownership of children homes, adoption agencies and legal firms representing children and adopters, to engage in the corrupt business of human trafficking under the resemblance of charity.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.