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CULTURE : Nyamira county men unveils first edition of men’s conference

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According to the organizers, who said the theme was Mwanaumme lazima A-survive’ (A nab must survive) the many growing suicide incidents and relationship strains in marriages across the county bore the idea to come up with the meeting to chart way forward in bringing a lasting solution and save the man species, which they noted was in the verge of extinction.

Mzee Obino Nyambane address the Media after the meeting on Sunday, 8th March. PHOTO / Dan Nyamanga

Nyamira County men unveiled their first ever edition of men’s conference, a meeting that was targeting the married groups, to discuss on the issues affecting their marriage.

According to the organizers, who said the theme was  Mwanaumme lazima A-survive’ (A nab must survive) the many growing suicide incidents and relationship strains in marriages across the county bore the idea to come up with the meeting to chart way forward in bringing a lasting solution and save the man species, which they noted was in the verge of extinction.

A national campaign against drug abuse (NACADA) official who spoke at the event held in a Nyamira hotel, noted that drug and substance abuse was the leading cause of family breakups and suicides in the region.

Mr. Samson Wambisa said that men were easily losing hope in life and taking nasty options because they don’t share their stress with friends.

“Drug abuse in Gusii region is the main cause of family breakages and this sometimes has pushed the men to the corner. They are not ready to share their burden, nor do they want to seek or counsel. This ends nastily, they are dying at a  high rate.

Men are suffering in silence and are not to open up, we are losing men at a high rate and are at a risk of extinction in the near future,” he added.

The guest speaker, Mr. Obino Nyambane, a long-time adjudicator and director of Culture at the Kisii County Government, touched on the social culture of the Omogusii people, the role of men in the homestead among others.

He noted with the advent of the modern education and technology, the man has, unknowingly, abdicated his role in the society.

Mothers have been left with the role of upbringing the boy child and the culture is slowly fading away.

“Our culture, unless we do something, will stop existing in few years coming. We must agree that we have to turn around from this meeting here today and bring back our lost glory and make things as it was before. Men should stand for one another, we are losing our manhood in the culture.

Am challenging you all to start with us, let’s bring back our culture. We are enough here to change the destiny of our culture”, said Obino.

Media personality Benerad Otema, the the propriator of , Kisii FM , noted the need of men to always share their problems with fellow men as it had been the tradition.

He said that according to the statistics, men as compared to women don’t openly come out and speak about the problems bedeviling the men society.

In the meeting attended by over 300 men passed a resolutions among them, to continue with the initiative aiming to restore the Gusii culture.

“To start with, we are going to hold a traditional initiation ceremony for our boys in December as it has been in the past, we want to bring back our sweet culture back”, said Dr. Ombati Mokua, the interim chair of the men group.

Mr. Obino Nyambane was tasked to lead the lobby group and act as the patron to ensure that the ideas discussed in the conference are realized.

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