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“Wanume ni wengi lakini hatuna vifaa” sex workers decry lack of Condoms as Naivasha’s Safari Rally get underway

by Paul Nyongesa
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“Wanume ni wengi lakini hatuna vifaa” sex workers decry lack of Condoms as Naivasha’s Safari Rally get underway

An acute condom shortage has hit Naivasha town as rally lovers continue trooping into the popular vacation destination to witness the ongoing World Safari Rally championships.

The event started on Thursday and is scheduled to end on Sunday, June 26.

Naivasha, better known to fun lovers as Vasha, is a popular vacation destination for holidaymakers.

But the hosting of the WRC has seen an upsurge of visitors to the town, including sex workers, leading to a shortage of condoms.

Stanley Ngara, commonly known as the ‘King of Condom’ says freely distributed government of Kenya condoms have run out.

“We have managed to buy and distribute to our lovely Kenyans. The demand is very high as we are talking. The sex workers are busy,” Stanley said.

The King of Condom spends his days educating people about safe sex practices and distributing condoms.

some Non-Governmental Organizations have chipped in to save the situation for the rally enthusiasts who will attend the three-day event in Naivasha.

“We have 10,000 condoms only that were bought by our partners because at the moment there are no free ones that are usually given out for free by the government,” King’s Condom’s Promotion CEO Stanley Ngara said.

Ngara however said, together with his team, they are in Naivasha to sensitise the youths about the dangers of unsafe sex during such events.

“We are approaching young girls to educate and distribute to them the available condoms in collaboration with AHF Kenya who bought the protective gears,” explained Ngara.

“If the demand will be high, we will be forced to increase the number of condoms for Saturday and the climax of the event on Sunday,” he added

Unlike free condoms that are usually provided by the government, Ngara said the ones they are distributing are of good quality and one packet goes for only Sh50.

He attributed the shortage of condoms to the high taxes imposed by the government but expressed concern that if the issue is not addressed there would be increased cases of HIV, teen pregnancies and an uncontrolled population.

“The government has been procuring the condoms on its own, while some NGOs procure on their own to supplement what is available because the demand is so high,” Ngara noted.

Ngara has been supplying free sheaths to men and commercial sex workers in the country for more than 20 years. He says the situation needs urgent discussion.

A recent audit alleged that around 1.1 million condoms, 908,000 mosquito nets, and tuberculosis drugs worth $91,000 (83,000 euros) disappeared from the state-run Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) and were resold on the black market to private pharmacies.

During the World Rally Championships held last year in Naivasha, more than 120,000 condoms were distributed targeting the youth and Safari rally enthusiasts who had thronged the venue for the event that lasted three days.

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