Africa: Kenya Govt. bans local dance, ‘‘Kwara Kwara’, says it increases immorality, early pregnancy among teens

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The Kenyan government has banned a local dance called ‘Kwara Kwara’, which it said is leading to cases of increased immorality and early pregnancy amongst teenagers and youths in the country.

According to punchng.com, Kwara Kwara which is popular in the Kacheliba sub-county, West Pokot county of the country has been termed as a catalyst for the growing rate of early pregnancies leading to early marriages in the area, K24 reported on Friday.

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The Kacheliba Deputy County Commissioner, Kennedy Kiprop, therefore, banned the dance, saying, “There is this new dance called ‘Kwara Kwara’ that is popular among the youth and which has led to immorality among them. I am banning it with immediate effect. All the chiefs and their assistants should crack the whip and arrest those found disobeying the ban.”

According to the administrator, a steady increase in the number of early age pregnancies has been recorded since the dance grew popular in the area.

The early pregnancies have led to the rising rate of school dropouts and eventual marriage at an early age.
“I am urging you locals not to allow youths in the villages to hold this dance as it is really derailing the gains we had made in educating our children, especially the girls,” Kiprop said.

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