As we all know, Citizen TV airs live news hosted by Kanze Dena and Lulu Hassan, Bi Mswafwari at 7pm every Saturday. Viewed by men as a rescuer from the doldrums of modern ladies, the seemingly blunt program dishes out stern advice to women.
And its elderly Swahili woman, Bi Mswafwari, is famous for her uncompromisingly direct and somewhat honest facts.
In the program she reveals unpalatable advice and never spares a moment to tell women the dos and don’ts of marriage.
Her show, though has racked up great viewership and impact, does not sit really well with most modern women.
As a result, resentful Kenyans have decided to petition against her program.
This petition by aggrieved Kenyans asks for the ‘marriage counselor’ to be jerked away from the TV screens. The thoroughly written petition accuses Bi Mswafwari of being more of a flag bearer of male chauvinism in Kenya.
The petition reads:
Come on! She is more off a flag bearer for male chauvinism in Kenya. I like to think there is more to marriage than a man’s ego and self-importance.
The petition further describes Bi Mswafari as poisonous to young generation.
I am worried about the kids forced to watch this thing. Saturdays are those days our kids can stay up late watching anything and everything that comes on TV.
So you will forgive me for hating this program with every fibre of my being.
This woman is Poison to our children!
To Mary, the top student in Newlight academy. Probably a child with thick glasses whose dream is to work hard pass her exams and become a doctor.
Bi. Mswafari is saying, ‘you need to cater to you husband day and night. Your husband comes first. So yes you will work twenty hour shifts but make sure when your husband gets home, you greet him at the door with a curtsy, find out how his day was and then feed him properly. So on hearing this Mary will realize that marriage is probably not for her.
It also questions why the TV host focuses more on modern women, suggesting maybe there aren’t modern men in our society yet.
So, women need a manual on how to treat men but men don’t need one on how to treat women? Why does the modern woman scare the modern man so much? Unless of course there are no modern men.
Are our men so stuck in the past they don’t see that society is changing?!
The petition goes on to explain the implications of what the woman teachers. Arguing the opinion of the hard-hitting host woman concerning rape, saying if immoral dressing were to be blamed for rape, why do men still rape underage girls. It reads:
To Joseph she is saying, study hard get a job, it doesn’t have to be a well-paying job because people have to understand your lack of ambition.
When you have your job you can take a pick at your own personal slave. Be careful not to get someone like Mary who will have a decent conversation with you about life and death. No. Find a woman who makes you feel like a king; who takes your wish to be her command.
A woman who will have enough time to come home before you and prepare a meal fit for a king while you put your legs up and watch TV. While doing this profess to the world that there is nothing like an obedient wife who when you say jump, will ask “how high master?”
Don’t even worry about things like mpango wa kando and rape, your wife should understand when you do all these things. After all, what do women expect you to do when they wear skimpy dresses and they know you don’t have self-control. Don’t even worry about HIV and AIDS you will sort it out with your wife when it happens.
Let’s talk about that rape issue for a second. I need to point out that there is never an excuse for rape! If there were we wouldn’t have 2-month-old babies being raped!!!! So no, women don’t need prayers men need to be taught restraint.
The petition highlights the teaching of Bi Mswafari as olden and one-sided for making women its soft target forgetting men are also a party to the marriage.
While many agree and support this petition and others don’t, let us know if you will sign or ditch this petition and do you think Bi Mswafari really needs to exit our screens?
You may read the full petition here.