It’s good to have many children – DP Gachagua
By Joshua Cheloti
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua now says it is good for families to have as many children as possible.
Speaking during the burial of his brother on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, Gachagua noted that the idea of asking citizens to practice family planning was a bad one.
The DP narrated how his parents with 9 siblings managed to ensure all of them go to university by planning well, despite being peasants.
“In a family of 9, we were 7 graduates from parents who were peasants. They knew education was important. Wakapanga insurance unasomesa wawili wanasukuma wale wengine, (You teach the two who then come and help others). I think it’s a good concept,” said the Deputy President.
He further noted that the idea of family planning is a strange one, introduced by colonialists.
“Some of us were not very wise, when wazungu (the whites) came, they told us to have two children and we accepted. Looking back in my case, I think it was foolish,” the second in command admitted.
While justifying his call for Kenyans not to take family planning seriously, Gachagua narrated how it has been tough living with his wife, Pst Dorcas, with whom they have only three children.
“When I sit in my big house, children are gone we are only with Pst Dorcas, is that time the reality of these things we did 70s on family planning that comes out. You can leave a glass of water and come back after a month to find it there,” he noted.
Following a rapid rise in population, not only in Kenya but globally, there have been calls for citizens to embrace family planning as a way of addressing the challenge.
The current population of Kenya is 56,433,906 as of Monday, October 3, 2022, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.