A Kajiado elder says by stopping birth control the Maasai can only sustain their numbers in the face of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
“Because we cannot stop deaths as the pandemic continues to kill our people, I call upon you not to control the number of children you can produce,” says Rampey ole Saidimu.
Saidimu made the remarks at his home in the Bull’s Eye area of Purko Ward in Kajiado Central sub-county when he addressed a caucus of former Mashuuru Boys Secondary School students.
The more than 50 former students, who completed their “O” Levels in 1999 were told that, because they cannot stop death, it is time they realise the negative effects of coronavirus.
“There is no family in Kajiado that has not felt the negative effects of this Covid-19 pandemic either by losing of brother, sister or distant relative. I am appealing to my people to sire many many children as possible because we are not sure about tomorrow,” said Saidimu on Saturday.
The chairman of the caucus, Pastor Francis Murianga, said their membership is composed of people working in government, non-governmental organisations and private businesses.
Murianga said the former students had their first meeting last year when they came up with the idea of assisting their communities through projects.
“We came together as former Mashuuru Boys Secondary School students after we were toughened by the situation we went through together at the time,” said Murianga.
He said during their time, it could take them days to reach their school in Mashuuru because of bad roads and terrain, while some had been devastated by poverty in their homes and had problems in paying their fees.
The pastor said the caucus has now evolved into a movement aimed at changing positively the lives of their people.
The caucus, he said, has assisted their former school in putting up ground tiles in the institution’s library and is now raising money to assist students from poor families to pay their school fees.
Murianga said that one of their member, Philip Saidimu who is the Kajiado county procurement director, has been supporting the group through intense networking.
Some of the members who spoke during the occasion included; Pastor Patrick Manga, Abdullahi Kiiwa, Nathaniel Oruma (chief), and Daniel Sadera (senior chief).
The members have also founded a kitty for widows of their former student colleagues, who have died in the community.