In Summary
  • Prof Kaimenyi was commenting on the Reproductive Health Care Bill sponsored by Senator Judith Sijeny
  • Thankfully, Prof Kaimenyi is not a lone fighter. Teachers’ unions Knut and Kuppet have closed ranks to oppose the Bill

A recent story in this paper was music to my ears. It reported Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi stating on a Nation FM ‘State of the Nation’ radio programme that the government will not support condoms and birth control pills for students.

As an alumna of the University of Nairobi, I closely follow Prof Kaimenyi, not so much as Cabinet Secretary, but as an affiliate of an institution that we, ex-students, pride in as a seat of wisdom.

During the programme, Prof Kaimenyi dared to utter what is becoming a taboo word in public discourse — morality. He said that distributing contraceptives to students is not the way to go, as it will erode their morals. “We cannot allow condoms everywhere,” he said.

Having affirmed my total support for Prof Kaimenyi, it’s worth revisiting the genesis of the on-and-off “contraceptives in schools” debate that has been on-going for some three decades now.

The agenda is driven by local some NGOs with unlimited funding from an international population control machinery for which the moral welfare of our children counts for nothing.

The minister was commenting on the Reproductive Health Care Bill sponsored by Senator Judith Sijeny.

JUSTICE FOR LIZ

I have my grouse against the good senator. At the height of the Nation Media Group’s campaign Justice for Liz that was ably spearheaded by then Parliamentary Editor Njeri Rugene after a schoolgirl was gang-raped and dumped in a disused pit latrine, not a single woman legislator — Sijeny included — uttered a word in support of the wheelchair-bound child.

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