President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken an issue with older men preying on young ladies for sexual relationships.
Speaking in Nakuru while marking World’s AIDS Day, the President noted that older and married men, commonly referred to as sponsors, play a key role in the spread of HIV/AIDS.
These men lure young ladies with money into romantic relationships which to some extent aid in spreading the viral disease.
President Uhuru said that this practice has in return affected the future of the upcoming generation.
“Our children are blessings from God. They are supposed to take care of us in the future once we get of age. If it turns out that it is us (the old) who are destroying their future, then it also means that we are destroying our future,” President Uhuru said.
He challenged men who practice this behaviour to stop and instead engage in relationships with their agemates.
“It is not the children who destroy their future, it’s us the adults who destroy the future of our children. That’s the truth!” he said.
“Na ni vizuri tuanze kujiuliza wewe kama mzee unataka kuwa na heshima na unatembea na mtoto ambaye ni mdogo na hata kushinda your own daughter, alafu ujiite mwanaume, we ni mwanume wa saa ngapi bwana. Si uende utafute mwenzako kama umechokeshwa na yule uko naye nyumbani, enda utafute rika zako uwachane na watoto jameni (Why can’t you look for a woman your age if you are tired of the woman you have at home… Look for your agemates and stop looking for young ladies),” he added.
The president further noted that arresting older men found having intimate relationships with young ladies will also not help curb the spread of HIV. He, therefore, urged society to change its behaviour to help stop the spread of the deadly virus.
“We can only stop the spread of this virus by changing our behaviours. If you know your husband prey on young ladies, shame him in public so that they can change their behaviours,” he added.