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Rachel Ruto speaks on sponsors during launch of her Somesha Msichana initiative

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Rachel Ruto, the wife of Deputy President William Ruto, has weighed in her two-cents in the ongoing going conversation about young girls dating older rich men for materialistic benefits.

While launching her Somesha Msichana initiative at Kenyatta University main campus during the International Day of the Girl Child celebrations, Mrs. Ruto said that girls are a gift to the world.

“Dignified women do not sleep with every Tom, Dick and Harry. As girls, you are a gift to the world. This issue of ‘sponsors’ should not be part of your lives,” she said.

The deputy president’s wife reminded girls that they do not need to get money from men to survive.

“You do not need to get money from a man to survive. Many of these people will only take you for granted. I pray that in Kenyatta University and other institutions of higher learning in our nation, that girls can be resilient to be able to say ‘no’ to sponsors. I encourage you to be a listener as a girl child,” she added.

Her words echo many other in the society following the controversial death of Monica Kimani and Sharon Otieno which stirred all sorts of conversations surrounding dating ‘sponsors’.

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Recently celebrated gospel artist Mercy Masika shared a photo of a local daily’s front page which had highlighted the women who’ve been butchered so young and in connection to dating older men.

“This is not the only cases. They are so many women who have suffered this. It disturbs me greatly,” she posted on her Instagram account.

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