Kenyan atheists have thrown their weight behind Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni Wamuchomba’s call on rich men to practice polygamy.
In a statement, the Atheists in Kenya(AIK) lobby group said Ms Wamuchomba has introduced a healthy social debate on a topic which churches should embrace.
According to AIK, polygamy offers a solution to infidelity and the rising cases of divorce.
“We must acknowledge that monogamy is hurting many married men and women in Kenya. Monogamy in many cases leads to marital infidelity, the lathering of ‘illegitimate’ children and the pursuit of younger women or trophy wives, ostensibly by men,” the statement signed by AIK President Harrison Mumia read in part.
Harrison Mumia further called for the acceptance of polygamous marriages as it would lessen the financial burden and domestic strife in most families.
The non-believers urge the church to accommodate polygamous marriages as a more practical way of addressing family issues.
They accused the church of propagating a monogamous stereotype and creating the stigma against polygamy.
“The stigma associated with polygamy is a creation of the church. The church remains the greatest barrier to change, even as we debate this subject,” Mr Mumia said.
Gathoni Wa Muchomba stunned Kenyans earlier this week after calling for men to consider marrying more wives to tackle “problems in the society”.
In a viral video, Wa Muchomba argued that bringing up children in the absence of their fathers has led to serious social problems among the youth.
Kiambu Women representative Gathoni Wa Muchomba is advocating for polygamy to solve some societal problems. pic.twitter.com/0oqMeQvnLA
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) April 2, 2018