You will be arrested and be charged in a court of law for attending disco matanga in Trans Nzoia County.
This is according to Interior CS Fred Matiang’i. The tough-talking Cabinet Secretary (CS) on Monday, March 1 banned the act of bereaving the dead during the night in the county.
Trans Nzoia has recorded at least 10,000 cases of pregnancy among school-going girls, with Matiang’i attributing a large percentage of the cases to disco matanga.
“Shida ile tuko nayo pande hii ya Kitale ni hii kitu inaitwa disco matanga. Ati watoto wanaenda huko sijui kufanya nini. Tumekubaliana na county security team, that thing is banned (the problem we have in this region is disco matanga. School-going children attend these events at night and all sorts of immorality take place),” said Matiang’i.
He issued a stern warning to men who impregnate teenagers, directing the county security team to crack the whip on them.
Further, Matiang’i told local administrators to strictly enforce the directive in their jurisdiction.
What is disco matanga?
Disco matanga, loosely translated to ‘disco funeral’, is a ceremony where community members, including adolescents, congregate at the home of the deceased for several days before burial.
Disco matanga are accompanied by music and dancing and are conducted at night. It is at this point that young people abuse drugs and drink alcohol, leading to casual, unprotected sex. Sometimes this sex is with multiple partners. Some girls are even forced to have sex without their consent.
These ceremonies have contributed to the increase in HIV prevalence among young people, as well as the rising cases of teenage pregnancies.