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CS Fred Matiang’i Strong Message to Residents of Trans Nzoia County

Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has announced a ban on disco matanga events in Trans Nzoia County.

Disco matanga is a funeral party or funeral disco and is the last stage of celebration in African and specifically Luhya funeral ceremonies/rites whereby a huge bash is prepared.

It brings together all villagers and youth even children come to have a serious overnight jig at the homestead of the deceased/believed.

And according to the powerful Cabinet secretary, the events are the root cause of the rising number of teenage pregnancies in the county.

“With immediate effect, the practice known as Disco Matanga is banned in Transzoia County. It has contributed to record numbers of teenage pregnancies, the highest witnessed in the country,” said Dr Matiang’i.

He went on, “Furthermore, investigations and arrests of adults responsible for these pregnancies is ongoing.”

He said that many young people especially girls attend night events where they are impregnated by adults then fall out of school.

“We have these very many alarming numbers of teenage pregnancies due to disco matanga. Young school-going children attend these events where they engage in sexual acts,” he said.

He revealed that there is a policy in the area that dictates that if someone dies he/she must be replaced.

“I am told that there is a policy that states that when someone dies, he or she should be replaced. So they do these with our young girls,” he explained. 

Dr Matiang’i who was addressing the press in Kitale town on Monday further said that he has agreed with the county security team that there will no longer be disco Matanga.

“I have directed the County police commander that there will be no more disco matanga in the area. When you hear about it go there, take the music system and arrest everyone,” Dr Matiang’i said. 

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