Some months ago, women, and a large number of them demonstrated in Rombo town marching to redeem their lost pride, their beloved husbands. They were armed with sticks and canes so that they can teach their husbands what it is to be a father figure. The march, saw many men rescued from excessive drinking by the power of the cane, plucking of ears and the greatest of all, the power of the tongue.
Most men in Loitokitok, and generally the old have set a very bad example for their sons and the coming generation by excessive consumption of illicit brew that is widely and cheaply sold in the neighboring country Tanzania. What is illicit brew? This is a jargon that has never had a clear definition. A search on the Wikipedia brings no results of what Illicit Brew is.
According to a research by Ahmed Munira [Counselling Psychologist], Illicit brew is defined as ‘a brew laced with Methanol which is poisonous, highly flammable and very toxic.’ He continues and says that, ‘It is brewed in hundreds of illegal drinking dens in Nairobi and across Kenya. Kenyans are turning to deadly, cheap brews because they are too poor to afford normal liquor.’
In Loitokitok, there are dens and kiosks that sell these brews. Every town at least has got a ‘base’ (as they call it) that sell the illicit liquor. These are coupled with Miraa kiosks where most youth spend time idling by playing pool table games and sharing puffs of cigarettes. These dens mainly comprise of the youth and since it is a taboo for men and their children to hang out in the same joint, the men are forced to vacate to the borders of Kenya and Tanzania.
In Tanzania, home brewing is absolutely legal. There are no taxes imposed and no standards or measures taken on the preparation and sale of the brew. There is also no age limit for whom should take these home brewed alcohol. Tanzanians drink responsibly, they drink to have fun unlike we Kenyans, most of us drink to show how loaded, rich and how drunk we can be.
The home brews available in Tanzania are primarily Mbege and Nzuga which is also consumed by kids. It is a society thing to drink. These home brews are not known to cause any side effects as they are primarily made out of rich foods harvest i.e. Corn and Banana. However our proud old fathers won’t consume home brews taken by kids.
Most widows in Tarakea own the dens of illicit brew. They earn a living by selling these brews to our Loitokitok old men who are primarily treated with respect with greetings of ‘Shikamoo baba’. Since most of our old men love appreciation and the feeling of recognition, they squander all they have to prove their masterly. All types of illegal brew is available in Tanzania, starting from the famous Chang’aa to the intermediate Yokozuna to latest Bensouda and this is what our old fathers take.
Brews like Mbege and Nzuga are just but a ‘shadow’ as they say. Our old men drink and practice immorality with Tanzanian little girls. When perfectly drunk, they walk back home with very explicit words coming out of their mouths. They come to their bomas shouting at the top of their voices that they own the world, waking their children and beating their wives mercilessly.
This cycle continues to infinity. The children grow up with the sights and memories of their father’s actions and the daily thought of their father’s brutality becomes a normal course to them. A generation with no respect to women, with no goals nor plans for the future mushrooms emulating the actions of the father figure.
Should we now blame the youth that they are lost into drugs? Do the old have the right to use ‘vijana wa siku hizi’ phrase? Have they been instrumental in their sons immoral behavior? Is this the reason why the youth marriages don’t last? Is this the reason why the youth do not respect women? Especially their mothers? The answer is YES.
Men in the society have not been mentors, they have not been acting like real father figures. No wonder the lost generation, the lost lot. It is time the old change their behavior. It is time that the old act like father figures and be instrumental in developing the society’s next generation rather than putting the community to shame!