Former radio personality Caroline Mutoko has caused a stir online after giving her take on why the number of males catching Covid-19 is higher than that of females.
Mutoko through a video released on social media on Tuesday blamed the trend on men’s laxity and don’t care attitude towards things like hygiene.
“Gentlemen can we speak candidly, corona is hospitalizing more men than women and I can only speak for my country. Covid-19 is taking our men, not just because Covid-19 is predisposed to a chromosome, this is not an X, Y issue. Let me start with the obvious’. We all know wanaume hamuwezi ambiwa. Number two you hate water. Someone has to tell you to wash your hands,” she noted.
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She went further to discredit the theory alluding that men are more exposed to Covid-19 due to their role as breadwinners.
“Don’t give me the story about fending for families – there’s no ‘fending’ at 1am in a bar. Gentlemen – get serious. COVID-19 kills. For heaven’s sake even if you don’t care for a small virus, care about the lives that depend on you. If you are a father you do not belong to yourself, you belong to your children. So if you choose not to wash your hands and sanitize.”
She added: “If you choose not to wear your mask properly not as a chin guard you put all your lives at risk not just yours but that of your family. My fellow countrymen take this disease seriously. Covid-19 is not predisposed to attack men.”
Her video elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans online with some agreeing and others disagreeing with her sentiments.
@RobertAlai said: “My sister @CarolineMutoko spoke the TRUTH. Corona is killing more men than women. We must save our men and be better. She spoke for the boychild.”
@BravinYuri tweeted: “Caroline Mutoko should Really pray that she doesn't get infected by COVID19. KOT will mop these streets with her name. Ataambiwa pia aende aoge huwa haogi. Ataitwa mwanamume and so many other things. Never poke Karma, she has some of the best jokes.”
@Habibah_Abdi wrote: “Someone tell Caroline Mutoko the real reason why our men are more susceptible to #COVID19KE is because men are the only breadwinners in most families all over the world. They go out hustling for their wives and kids. Other factors like low immunity come second.”
@MaverickAoko noyed: “I told you feminists don't seek to empower women. They just hate men out of PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. Caroline Mutoko is a stellar example. Accent, grammar, zero logic.”
@iFortknox posed: “Who are these dirty and unhealthy men Caroline Mutoko hangs out with?”
@ougomandela said: “While medical researchers still grapple with and unable to establish reasons why #COVID19KE is killing more men than women, the grandmother of feminist, Caroline Mutoko, claims it's because men don't shower, won't wash their hands won't eat fruits and vegetables.”