The Star (Nairobi)

30 July 2014

Kenya: Kamba Women Not for Free, Says Busia Women Rep Mutua

Busia Women Representative Florence Mutua has rubbished claims that Kamba women are too cheap and can be given out for free.

She was responding to a report on Monday which revealed how more than 100 men thronged Nambale sub county headquarters, Busia, on Sunday to get 'free wives'.

The men came to receive "the wives", a sack of maize, Sh10,000 in cash, sufurias and a cooking stick.

An NGO in partnership with the national government allegedly offered to ferry beautiful women from Ukambani to offer them to unmarried men.

Through text messages, Mutua thanked Busia and Siaya men for coming out in large numbers to fetch Kamba wives.

"This shows that men from various communities trust and believe that Kamba women make good wives. However, it should not be misconstrued to mean that they are easily available," she said.

"Why would Kamba women be ferried to Busia to be given out to unmarried men for free? Shame! Shame! Kambas have their own customs just like Luhyas, Tesos and Luos," Mutua added.

Mutua said: "The idle or busy bodies that started the rumour should be ashamed of themselves and apologise to the Kamba community."

She urged men to get education, empower themselves economically and then get married to a woman from whichever community.

"There is nothing free in this world, leave alone beautiful Kamba women. Get the right credentials and you can get a woman from any corner of the world," Mutua said.

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