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When retired president Moi wanted to ban sex in Kenya

Martin Murigi
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Retired President Daniel Arap Moi during a past event. [Source: Orina Ben/Facebook]

With one year left to his retirement, former President Daniel Arap Moi considered banning sex in the country.

The Head of State wanted to take the radical move as a way of curbing the transmission of HIV and AIDS which then was spreading like wildfire.

Statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed the deadly disease was killing 700 Kenyans a day.

But upon the realisation that the ban, although idealistic, would be hard to implement, Moi asked the citizens to abstain from sex 'for at least two years'.

He said by practising abstinence, the country would kill two birds with one stone: prevent the spread of the killer disease and save money used in the importation of 'costly' condoms.

Kenya, a third world, was spending almost Sh1 billion to import 300 million condoms each year.

During a meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya held in July 2001, Moi disclosed he was embarrassed over the issue of condoms.

"As a president, I am shy that I am spending millions of shillings importing those things," he said.

"I will do the best I can, but the solution is to prevent, not to participate," Moi added, Daily Nation reported in 2001. 

The President's call for abstinence was supported by the Council of Imams and Sheikhs led by chairperson Sheikh Mohammed Dor who noted condoms were not 100 per cent effective.

Dor said the only way to fight AIDS was by Kenyans, especially young people, stopped indulging in sex.

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