A female lawmaker in Kenya is calling for men to consider marrying more wives to tackle “problems in the society”.
In a video which has gone viral online, Kiambu women representative Gathoni Wa Muchomba is asking the church in mount Kenya region to consider polygamy as a way of boosting family responsibility.
Speaking during the launch of Mama care rehabilitation center in Kiambaa, the legislator says it is unfortunate that most men are abandoning their responsibilities for fear of being identified as polygamous.
She said bringing up children, in the absence of their fathers, has led to serious social problems among the youth.
Muchomba said: “When we had our polygamous fathers and forefathers what wrong did they do? What crime did they commit and why did we term it as a crime now? If there was no crime committed and we came out of the families and excelled, why not go there if that is why we are going to get the solution.
“We give birth to these children, and we do not want to own up to them. If you are a man from the Kikuyu community, and you can sustain five wives, have them and if you are a man and you are in a position to bring up (many children), do it.
“We need to be honest, these children who are raised by single mothers, where are their fathers? And why do we want to pretend that this is not a problem. As much as we are talking about our church and culture, we need to go back to the drawing board to discuss this issue and come up with a solution,” she said.
In 2014, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta approved a law allowing men to marry more than one wife.
Many female legislators were against it.
It brought civil law, where a man was only allowed one wife, into line with customary law, where some cultures allow multiple partners.