An unusual women protest was staged in Kenya last year on Thursday September 3rd in Ndeiya, as a medium of expressing their dissatisfaction at the inability of most of their men, even young men, to perform their matrimonial function in bed as they have failed to get their wives pregnant. This they claimed is as a result of too much consumption of illegal alcohol by these men who have deserted their homes for the ‘comfort’ of drinking joints.
Talking about the issue during the protest at Thidio shopping centre, the demonstrators reported that the young men are the worst affected as they are “unproductive.”
Nancy Wangare, a resident of the area said, “If you walk in this village, you will find so many young married women, but only a few are pregnant. Those who are not are suffering in silence because their men cannot perform.” She also revealed that their men have a special liking for drinking anything alcohol in a bid to keep themselves ‘high,’ but the consequences of sexual impairment is on the society.
Wangare, the 32-year-old mother of one who was separated from her husband four years ago also said that, “It would not be a wonder if we start looking for men to sire our children. Our husbands will not know anything. We will trick them that the pregnancies are theirs and they will support us.”
Another protester, Margaret Waithera recommended that the government seizes permits of all alcohol trading outlets in the area because“the operators abuse the law by secretly selling illicit brew. Some bars do not adhere to the 5pm to 11pm operating hours.”
She went ahead to accused bar owners of locking their customers inside their bars, spurring them to drink more, while others sell roadside alcohol to willing patrons.
Commissioner David Kiprop said they are investigating the claims. He said operators who break the law will have their business registration revoked.
“We will arrest the bar owners and attendants who break the law and take them to court. After they are convicted, we will ask the county government to deregister them.”
In a similar move, a group of women from the Rido community in Chikun Local Government area of Kaduna State, last year took to the streets protesting their husbands’ inability to perform their conjugal duties, threatening that they should start doing that or face a massive divorce. The women blamed the sexual problems of their husbands on the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Speaking to journalists during the protest, some married women revealed that most men in the Rido community area, as a result of the toxic waste from the KRPC, are victims of one form of reproductive health problem or the other.
The women said that their men suffer weak erection and infertility, while the women usually either have miscarriages or badly affected ovaries.
Some medical experts and professionals however said that if the government wants to site project such as the KRPC with industrial plants, it is advisable that they relocate people around the community instead of allowing them to settle down around the industrial area, particularly looking at the health hazards involved.
Usually in Africa, once a couple gets married, it is expected that they begin to reproduce immediately. When a few months into the marriage, there is no sign of pregnancy, tension begins to mount especially on the side of the woman as she is always the one who is accused of infertility even when there is every indication that the fault is from the man. The woman spends the rest of her days sulking and going to unimaginable places for solutions. It is however a surprising welcomed development that women have learnt to speak for themselves and apportion blames to the guilty party, putting their freedom of expression to good use.
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