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Politicians undermining family planning

01 March 2012, 14:25 Alloys Musyoka

 Political leaders have been blamed for undermining family planning campaigns in the country.

National Council Population Development Board deputy Director Mrs. Vene Lumumba said political leaders instead of encouraging family planning methods in their constituencies have been discouraging their electorate.

She said they (political leaders) have been encouraging electorates to continue giving birth so that number of electorate in their constituencies can increase.

“These is one and very bad thing political leaders have done while we are encouraging Kenyans to adopt family planning methods to avoid increase in population they are encouraging them to give births as many as they can so that they can have many electorate in their constituencies.

Our efforts are being undermined and this is contributing to level of poverty as Kenyans give birth to children and they are unable to bring them up,” she said.

She urged political leaders in the country to support them to advise Kenyans important of adopting family planning methods.

Addressing journalists after attending a one day workshop on family planning matters at one of tourists Hotel in Malindi Mrs. Lumumba said that there is need for leaders in the country to discuss the issues of family planning to Kenyans.

The (NCPD) Deputy Director said the issue of family planning in the country has been ignored for many days but stated that leaders should now stop opposing family planning and instead encourage Kenyans to adopt it.
She said family planning campaign had also hit a stone for several years due to lack of fund which she noted was channeled to fight against HIV Aids menace which had invaded the country.

“The fund that was being directed to campaign family planning methods to Kenyans was used to fund campaign against HIV Aids,” said Mrs. Lumumba.

She said already they have begun new campaigns on family planning all around the country and urged government and international organizations to assist the board to make the program successful.

“We appeal to the government national and international organizations to assist us financially so that our efforts can yield fruits to this country,” she appealed.

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