CHIEF Macha of the Tonga people of Southern Province has urged men involved in extra-marital affairs to consider marrying their concubines as well to reduce pressure on themselves and wrangles with their wives.
Speaking at Leons conference in Choma during the HeForShe campaign workshop for Southern Province chiefs, chief Macha said men had caused a lot of misery to their wives.
“Unfaithful married men should consider marrying their concubines as well to reduce pressure on themselves and wrangles with their wives. Men should not pretend that all is well in their homes, they are cheating and causing a lot of pain to their wives through their unfaithfulness,” chief Macha said.
He said men condemning polygamy but had girlfriends were as good as “serial killers”.
“These married men have continued fathering children outside wedlock, creating more challenges of street kids in the country because they are failing to support them,” said chief Macha.
“This situation has brought misery on innocent children whose fathers are failing to look after them for fear of their women in homes. And why is this country having a lot of prominent men who are unfaithful to their wives? Let’s not pretend as men…. It’s important that these so-called girlfriends are told the truth and even them [girlfriends] should go for serious men who can marry them than those only interested in fathering children.”
HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for gender equality initiated by UN Women.
Its goal is to engage men and boys as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’’s rights, by encouraging them to take action against inequalities faced by women and girls.