- The current obsession by Kenyan law makers of trying to define the family as one man one woman is an affront on the constitutional definition of the family
- Mwikali says that the Family Protection Bill by Homabay MP Peter Kaluma should at all costs be stopped since is washing down the rich set up of African families
As the world marked International Day of The Families on Monday 15 May, a section of Mathare residents have called on President William Ruto to protect marginalized family members from harmful laws and policies.
The residents led by Rachael Mwikali Convener, Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders say that the current obsession by Kenyan law makers of trying to define the family as one man one woman is an affront on the constitutional definition of the family.
“We call on President Ruto through relevant government bodies to implement the many laws that were enacted to protect the rights of family members.
“These include the Marriage Act, The Children’s Act, the Sexual Offenses Act, The Anti –FGM Act and many other laws. Any law that protects the welfare of the marginalized individual family member is a law that protects the family,” stated Mwikali.
Mwikali says that the Family Protection Bill by Homabay MP Peter Kaluma should at all costs be stopped since is washing down the rich set up of African families that were monogamous, polygamous, extended and even single mothers.
MP Paid by outsiders
“The Kenya constitution respects all forms of families in Kenya. This is why we have vowed everything within our powers to ensure that it does not see the light because it does not support our Kenyan values and that is why we are calling out all MPs who are being paid to destroy our African values. It is so painful to see outsiders paying our leaders to destroy our values,” she said.
Mwikali was flanked by several religious leaders from Mathare, activists and even administrative leaders who equally called for the protection of the family unit.
Kenyan families are blended families. Kenyan families are nuclear and they are extended; they are monogamous and they are polygamous, they are poor and they are wealthy.
“Some of our parents are together, some are separated, some are divorced some are remarried and for sure some of our mothers are inherited. We have gay brothers and lesbian sisters in our families,” said Jecinter Agunja another resident.