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Women to be awarded for delivering more children

02 June 2015, 10:38 Ben Wafula

Busia - Busia County Executive Committee member in charge of roads, Gregory Odeke has announced plans to introduce incentives to woo Teso women to produce more children.

Odeke said the "Emuria Koliae" ralling call will entail the opening of a foundation to empower women economically so they can be encouraged to give birth to at least five children per woman.

Speaking in Amagoro over the weekend when he presided over a funds drive in aid of Harriet Toto who is pursuing a master's degree in Actuarial Science in Australia, Odeke said he is ready for an academic or intellectual debate on his proposal.

"I am concerned that the population in Teso is on the decline because of the aggressive family planning campaigns by stakeholders in the health sector, which has worked against the Iteso community in terms of numbers.

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“We need to critically interrogate the concept of Family Planning which encourages the community to produce one or two children. We should give birth to children we can provide basic facilities to," he said.

Odeke said the Iteso are a minority community which is vulnerable to extinction owing to diseases, thus the need to critically revisit that concept, adding that his Aberu Kadooto Fundation, which translates to ‘let women give birth’ will help reverse the trend.

Odeke said Teso has enough land with high potential zones, thus the need by the community to procreate and  increase its population to enjoy more resources.

The CEC member said the constitution is clear that population determines resource allocation, citing Busia County which he said lost close to KES 1 billion after 30 percent of its population was relocated to Bungoma.

Odeke said he welcomes his concept on family planning for intellectual debate but will not relent in his bid to have the community increase in numbers since residents have the potential to empower themselves.

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