Residents in Uasin Gishu county have called on the government to intervene and solve a crisis of young men being unable to marry.
Serikali saidia – Government called in to assist young men marry in this county
"Our young men are afraid of women"
A recent survey indicated that Uasin Gishu had the highest rate of unmarried men with 40 percent of men above the age of 18 living a single life.
The neighboring county of Nandi came in second, prompting questions from the local leadership.
A resident told NTV that the main challenge was the imbalanced emphasis on uplifting the girl child at the cost of the boychild.
“Our men are now afraid of women who are very educated. We are urging the government to intervene and address the challenges facing the boy child because for a long time, they have only been concerned with the girl child,” an elder, James Yator, said on the matter.
His sentiments were echoed by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago who called for a new campaign to ensure the boy child gets a proper education.
“Women are getting educated which is very good. But now who will marry them when the male gender is not equally empowered,” Mandago stated.
The poor state of the economy was cited as another major cause of proliferation of single men, even though both Uasin Gishu and Nandi are some of the economically well-off counties.
30-year old Kelvin Kimaru, one of the affected bachelors, said most of the resources are owned by elderly men who lure young girls with wealth in an arrangement commonly referred to as “sponsorship” relationship.
“A girl will prefer the older guy who has more money, who will pay rent for her and shower her with expensive clothes. Some of these girls are having upto three sponsors and each has a specific role,” Kimaru added.
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