A group of polygamous men has stepped out claiming that the new NHIF rules will kill their marriages. NHIF had proposed restrictions of the beneficiaries to the health insurance cover to only one man, one wife, and five children at most.
The Union Association of Awendo polygamous man, a group that agitates for the rights of polygamous men in the region has come out guns blazing opposing the new radical propositions by the insurer.
The union led by their chairperson Ochieng Ondelo, faulted the move claiming that NHIF should cover the entire family which includes the man, all the wives, and all the children. He insisted that the men are not in a position to reverse their marriage status.
The group further claimed that families, regardless of the number of beneficiaries are entitled to the medical cover and that the new proposition by the NHIF board to limit beneficiaries of the cover will disadvantage men with bigger families.
There is also a possibility of homes getting broken as you cannot simply choose one of your wives to be under the cover and ignore the others, same applying to children.
Mr. Ochieng further said that his family had been okay with the previous regulations and had registered his twelve children and wives with the NHIF cover. He does not have any plans of excluding part of his family from the cover.