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Maendeleo ya wanaume's call for protest

24 February 2012, 10:03 Kennedy Aseka

Following the directive by Maendeleo ya Wanaume calling for central men to boycott meals, I’m compelled to make the following remarks.

As a basic unit of our society, a family plays a core role in our everyday’s life. We are what we are today because of our families. Regardless of the status of your family, the truth is that you would not be present today, reading this note if not for your family.

Parents are the most important members of the family as they lay the foundation of this institution. However, the role of children also comes into play and the interplay between parents and children determines the success of a family. I would not wish to enumerate the functions of a family.

It is obvious that these are well known facts either through school or experience.

From this foundation, It is clear that man and woman, who get united as husband and wife, remain principal figures in the sustainability of any family. Through their intimate relationship, they are able to understand their strengths and weaknesses and adapt to one another even without the intervention of the society. This gives them the capability of dealing with any problem which may arise.

Based on this brief background, I completely differ with the call for Central Kenya men to boycott meals as a way of fighting husband-battery in the region. How can this be a solution? This would be adding salt to a fresh wound and definitely not a course to realize any positive results.

What Maendeleo Ya Wanaume chairman has to know is that a family is not a workers Union, Association, or Teachers Union which resolve their problems through demonstrations, threats and boycotts. By borrowing “HAKI YETU” and “BADO MAPAMBANO” slogans to the family, these problems will forever haunt the society. Men and women from these families are better placed to restore lost sanity of families. Whether it was well thought or not, the boycott offers no solution.



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