Lamu County senator Joseph Githuku has urged his electorates to give birth to many children in a bid to increase the population and future voters.
Githuku, who was elected on ta Jubilee party ticket, said he is not satisfied with the small number of people in the county.
One of his main agendas during his campaigns before the August 9 general election, was to start a free nutrition project for nursery school kids if elected.
Githuku is now reminding pregnant mothers to take their 500 shillings gift from him after being impregnated, saying this will motivate young people to continue having children.
“The population of Lamu is 145,000 people. Even in Parliament we are told that we are few and this really demoralizes me. This population is the same as of one ward in Kiambu County or in Kitale or Rift Valley”, said Githuku.
The small number of locals in Lamu, he said leads to a lower allocation of government money.
“We must also be in the first line to increase our population so that when the allocation of county money is done according to population, we are not disadvantaged. That is why I insist that the population of Lamu should be increased”, said Senator Githuku.
Despite the fact that harsh economic situation is one of the main reasons that lead to couples not having many children, Senator Githuku has said that he will take the responsibility of feeding all the nursery children so parents should not worry.
He joins other politicians who have in the past called electorates to give birth more by avoiding family planning methods to increase their numbers.