Nairobi MCAs irked by failure to set aside money for condoms in Budget

Condoms on display during an awareness campaign on Thursday, March 16 2023 at Kenya Railways Terminus in Nairobi. [Samson Wire, Standard].

There is a need to set aside money to procure condoms for men who cannot afford the protective sheath, according to some Nairobi MCAs who lamented the male gender has been neglected.

The ward reps, who spoke on Thursday during a debate on finance, budget and appropriations for the financial year 2023-2024, were irked that Sh50 million had been set aside for sanitary pads across all the wards but nothing for men.

"Next time, when you allocate 50 million for women’s pads, something should be set aside for condoms for men to take care of themselves," said Leader of Majority Peter Imwatok. 

Nairobi County Assembly Leader of Majority Peter Imwatok. [Samson Wire, Standard]

Emily Odour, the Finance Committee deputy chairman, promised the concern raised will be considered when the next supplementary budget will be tabled. 

However, the health committee refuted claims the boy child had been forgotten, reminding the county assembly that during the last supplementary budget, some money was allocated for condoms under the pharmaceuticals vote.

“The boy child should not be worried because he has been considered in health sector allocation that received a huge sum of Sh8.1 billion,” Maurice Ochieng, the health committee chairman said.

During the budget debate proceedings, Sarangombe MCA Lawrence Otieno and nominated member Jeckonia Onyango were kicked out for showing up in the chambers while dressed in African attire.

Speaker Ken Ngondi described the dress code as inappropriate for the sessions.