CS Aisha Jumwa Lifts Prohibition on Disco Matanga in Kilifi

The ban was imposed by former Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiang'i after over 17, 000 cases of teenage pregnancies were reported in the county in 2019.

Aisha Jumwa, cabinet secretary for public service, gender and affirmative action, has lifted the ban on Kilifi’s disco Matanga.

The ban was imposed by former Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiang’i after over 17, 000 cases of teenage pregnancies were reported in the county in 2019.

Jumwa stated that the ban has had a negative impact on the businesses of disco operators when she officially launched the 16 days of activism at Water grounds in Kilifi.

While lifting the ban, Jumwa directed police to arrest minors found in disco matangas.

“We promised to help small businesses rather than kill them. 

Because the ban has cost many people their livelihoods, I am lifting the ban on disco matanga. 

Minors should not be permitted to participate in these functions. 

“Those found attending the functions should be arrested,” she said.

According to the CS, most parents have ignored their responsibilities and blame the government for their failure.

“As a parent, you should always be aware of your child’s location.

Where is the parent when the child leaves the house for these functions?

Do not abandon your responsibilities and let your child run around, then blame disco matanga.If we arrest and charge a few parents, this problem will be resolved,” she added.

According to Teresia Bwire, a civil society officer, if the ban is lifted, the sale of alcohol and other drugs in disco matangas should as well be regulated.

According to a senior police officer in Kilifi, the order to arrest children may not be carried out because it violates certain sections of the law.