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Kenyan men threaten to boycott food over husband-battering

Posted on February 21, 2012, Tuesday

NAIROBI: The Maendeleo ya Wanaume lobby group in Kenya has threatened to mobilise men countrywide to boycott food at home starting yesterday to protest the recent increase in man-battering cases.

The group’s leader, Nderitu Njoka, said over the weekend that a prpposed six-day strike is meant to compel women engaged in domestic violence against their spouses to stop the vice.

Speaking at the Nakuru provincial general hospital where he had visited a man assaulted by a woman, Njoka blamed empowerment funds given to women by the government for the increase in the trend, adding that men should also be financially empowered. At least 460,000 cases of man-battering were reported last year in central Kenya alone and 300,000 in Nairobi, according to Maendeleo ya Wanaume.

Meanwhile, the Women’s council of the Africa Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa has vowed to work with families to restore harmony between spouses in Nyeri County which has recently witnessed an upsurge in husband-battering. — Bernama

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