Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has banned ‘disco matanga’ in Trans Nzoia County.
Speaking on Monday, CS Matiang’i attributed the high cases of teenage pregnancies in the county to the night ceremonies. At least 10,000 cases of pregnancy among school-going girls have been recorded in Trans Nzoia County.
“The problem we have in this region is disco matanga. School-going children attend these events at night and all sorts of immorality take place,” said Matiang’i.
He directed local authorities to crack down on the men who have impregnated the schoolgirls and strictly enforce the ban on disco matanga.
Disco matanga is a ceremony where community members congregate at the home of the deceased for several days ahead of burial. The ceremony is conducted at night and involves music and dancing.
It is during such events that young people, including schoolchildren, are introduced to drugs and alcohol, leading to casual and unprotected sex. Some girls are even forced to have sex without their consent.