which is tribe with highest number of single mothers in Kenya ? The pan-African study by two Canadian sociologists shows that Kenya has one of the highest levels of children born out of wedlock on the continent.The trend is also likely to cause head-scratching among scholars to determine who is to blame for this phenomenon and why Kenya is faring worse than other countries in Africa.
Six of every 10 Kenyan women are likely to be single mothers by the time they reach 45, one of the highest rates for single-parent families in Africa.
According to new research that reveals an astounding new face of the Kenyan family, an increasing number of women are drawn into single parenthood as more men abandon their traditional role as providers for their children.
An array of factors, including irresponsible fathers, peer pressure and the struggle to cope with modernisation, are blamed for the trend, in which three in 10 Kenyan girls become pregnant before the age of 18.
TRIBES WITH HIGHEST NUMBER OF SINGLE MOTHERS IN KENYA
1. Makueni county – 37 percent single mothers
2. Kitui countu – 34 percent
3. Muranga county – 32 percent
Nationally, 21.2% of children are living with their mothers only, even though their fathers are still alive
TRIBES WITH HIGHEST NUMBER OF SINGLE FATHERS IN KENYA
1. Kwahle county – 6.7 percent percent
2. Mombasa county – 5.4 percent
Kakamega and Vihiga counties were also included among counties where fathers live with their children alone at 4.8% and 4.7% respectively. Only 58.3% of children in the country live with both parents.