The problem Kenya is blessed with diverse cultures that have given us our identity
and contributed to our national heritage and strong moral values as a result our
culture has attracted foreign exchange through tourism. However negative cultural
practices have caused many problems to the Kenyan society.
Bad cultural practices have been the cause for inequalities and exploitation in many
Kenyan societies for instance the problem of participation of women, youth and people
with disabilities in leadership and decision making, inheritance and property ownership
for women, Girl child education.
In some cultures women are exploited as they are made to work and surrender their
proceeds to their husbands and forced early marriages. Some cultures have contributed
to underdevelopment in their areas they discourage participation in leadership and
Other cultures contribute to lack of access to quality education like in the nomadic
and pastoralist life styles, yet others have contributed to conflicts and violence
for instance bad inheritance values against women and bad culture beliefs such cattle
rustling mostly pastoralist communities.
Other cultural practices have led to the degradation of the environment and annihilation
wildlife for example burning of forest for the purposes of farming and killing of
wild animals for initiation to higher status in community.
Finally, some cultures have contributed to immorality and spread of diseases like
wife inheritance and female genital mutilation.
Policy Vision Shirikisho envision a nation that promotes, protects and safeguards
the positive cultural values in society and discard the negative cultural practices
in order to preserve our unique ecological balance as a nation.
Action. Shirikisho will:
1. Enact the legislation that protect, strengthen and promote the positive cultural
believes and practices to achieve unity in diversity and to maintain our ecological
2. Document and disseminate positive cultural practices in order to preserve them
as part of our national heritage.
3. Create awareness against negative cultural practices and habits both local and
foreign in order to protect our cherished cultural values.
4. Introduce a national cultural day where a nation will celebrate its diverse cultural