By Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS
I have received a proposal from the organizers of the Men’s Conference 2020 to fund and give the Keynote Speech at the event scheduled for February 14th this year and by my authority as Kenya’s Moral Cop, initiate the process of abolishing the Valentine’s Day and replace it with a more Kenyan-centric cultural theme.
The conference under the banner: “The Role and Place of Man in Society: Reclaiming the lost Glory” seeks to fortify the important place of man as head of the family. This conference comes against the backdrop of the diminishing authority of the boy child in Kenya and the un-African attempt by women to “play men” to the detriment of our culture.
A lot of pressure has been unduly put on men, including the recent Twa Twa craze, with the resultant decline in self-confidence and self-esteem, leading to depression and suicide in some cases, as reported in sections of the media.
We must “rescue men” and guide them to be men in their homes and areas of influence. One of the sub-themes at the proposed conference is “Gather All, Scatter None”. We shall teach men how to love their wives and provide for their families.
Given the importance of this discourse, I am inclined to accept the proposal and will in due course issue a comprehensive statement on the way forward after thorough consultations with elders such as Captain Kung’u Muigai, Mzee Jackson Kibor, Bishop Jackson Kosgei and Pastor Israel Robert Burale who have in the past expressed strong views in having the Men’s Conference designated a national day to reflect on how men can play a better role in the campaign for restoration of moral values in Kenya.