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Birth rate in Kenya is slowing down rapidly

“Long live the mothers who value life and carry the pregnancy to its best conclusion”:

Reading from reliable studies on population the graphic is showing a notable slow down in the birth-rate in Kenya. The indicators presented by revered researchers show that between 2000-2017 many women are limiting the pregnancy to 1-2 children as opposed to the years before 1999. This slow down is caused by many circumstances that face the entire society. One of the major issue is about food production and its availability. So many families are antagonized by the cost of living than anything else. This reality has played to the hearts of the organizations promoting family planning (Jipange) and other ideologues who argue that poverty in Africa can only be dealt with by reducing the population.

The Catholic Church has been known for its objection of the use of cotnraceptive devices in family planning. Abortion in Kenya is constitutionally prohibited (unless in certain approved health conditions). Yet the rate of abortion is very high especially in major cities such as Nairobi.

Many women between the age of 20-35 do not give priority to giving birth due to their socio-economic precariousness. Marriages are also reducing as many men at the age of marriage fear getting into long-term engagement with women. Some men abandon their wives due to issues that are very complicated such as joblessness and other socio-economic frustrations. Those who are married and get children also fear the cost of living that is increasingly worsening. Education is the factor that frustrates many parents. Another frustrating factor is the difficult parenting. Another frustration couples tend not to trust their partners. The rate of divorce and separations is also too high in major cities.

So many men and women prefer wealth to begetting children. It is equally important to mention the rapid change of life. Such interconnected changes include climate and people getting worried about the uncertain future in general. Such pessimism in life are coupled by lack of commitment from leaders to address impacts of climate change.

Generally, people prefer lesser burden other than giving birth and caring for children. The economy is getting increasingly fragile for so many mothers especially single mothers. Each mother must struggle to ensure that the child is fed and schooled.

In Kenya, so many people are not pursuing traditional customary marriages that were sustainable to some extent. Such marriages favoured polygamy and community involvement in marriages. Such marriages were better protected as children would inherit lands from their parents and maintain continuity. This is opposed to monogamous Christian marriages.

The population of women outweigh that of men making many women remain single. The best example is in Taita Taveta where many women claim that there are no men to marry them. A young beautiful girl can only get an old widower or already married man willing to take her. This has weakened their population growth. Some of the few men left only think of getting drunk but nothing to do with sex. This has made it difficult to perpetuate marital life in the region.

Some findings also prove that certain women dismiss marriage. It is a waste of time as such women claim right to their freedom. Some end up becoming lesbians and dismissing any marriage with the opposite sex. This is equally bad for the population growth since such persons cannot naturally beget children.

Can we therefore, claim that there is a disaster facing the communities today in Kenya? The answer is yes and no. It is yes because the smaller the population the weaker the production sector and bad for the economy. No, in the sense that, maybe the working class shall save money and invest in other sectors of life other than paying for parenting.

About Peter Onyango

Dr. Peter Onyango O. is one of our main contributors. He is a senior law lecturer, a writer, a consultant, peace ambassador, and a researcher. He assists so many professionals, legal minds, and debaters with his skills and scholarly wealth! He supports children and village community as a way of giving back to community. He edits, proof reads, and publishes various articles for our page!

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