Musa Hashya Kasera, the Ugandan man with 12 wives, 102 children, and 578 grandchildren calls it quits because he is struggling to provide for his large family.
The Ugandan villager has so many kids that he can’t even recall most of their names. The man is unable to feed his vast family more than once or twice a day because of his financial struggles. So, he ordered his wives to take contraceptive pills to prevent child-bearing.
The family of Musa Hashya Kasera resides in Lusaka, a Ugandan village where polygamy is legally permitted.
The man has decided to stop making children due to the rising living expenses that he can’t afford. He claims that he can’t endure having any more children. Musa feeds his family through farming, but he stated that his income from farming is no longer sufficient.
Musa said that initially, it was like a joke, but later, the 68-year-old man found it difficult to bear the responsibility of his family financially.
Two of his wives left him due to his inability to pay for necessities like food, clothing, and education as my health began to deteriorate. He just had two acres of property to accommodate and feed his large family.
He is now jobless and ordered his wives to use birth control to prevent the family from growing any larger. He admits that it was his careless action of having so many kids that he can’t take responsibility for them, so he doesn’t expect to have any more.
The family lives in a 12-bedroom property in Lusaka so he can easily keep an eye on his women and prevent them from eloping with other men in the community. Their house has a rusty corrugated iron roof or a nearby cluster of roughly twenty grass-thatched mud cottages.
Musa said that while he can’t distinguish between his 102 children, he finds it difficult to recognize each of his 568 grandchildren.
Musa married his first wife Hanifa when both were 17 years old in 1921. The marriage was held in a traditional ceremony. His first kid, Sandra Nabwire was born a year after their wedding.
He claimed that because he could support himself financially, he decided to marry several women to grow his family. He believed that the soils are fertile enough to cultivate crops and thus he could feed the family with enough food and other necessities.
Musa claimed that he was born into a family of two and so he wanted to expand their family heritage. So, he had recommended his brother, relatives, and friends to marry many times to have an extended family and to keep their family heritage.
Musa was a well-known person in the village as a cattle trader, farmer, and butcher. The villagers were very fond of him and they will offer their daughter to marry Musa even if they are below 18.
Musa’s youngest wife is about 35 years old, whereas his 102 children range in age from 10 to 50.
According to him, the most challenging factor of having such a vast family is that he can’t recall the names of his children except the first born and last born. Musa sometimes can’t even recall the names of his wives.
A few of his children got an education. One of them, Shaban Magino, a 30-year-old teacher, helps Musa to take care of the family affairs. The family arranges a monthly meeting to solve the disputes and problems in the family.
The villagers of Lusaka claim that even though he has too many children, Musa had brought the kids very well and there hasn’t been fighting between them.
The majority of Musa’s family members work as house cleaners for their neighbors to earn money or food, or they spend their days carrying water and firewood across vast distances on foot. While the men play cards beneath a tree, the women in the house sit around the grounds weaving mats or planting hair.
When the Family’s midday meal is prepared, Musa steps out of the hut and commands the family to line up to eat.
Musa spent years getting married and having kids, and now he’s asking for help from the government because he can’t afford to pay for all his kids’ education. He remarked that his family has grown larger and larger while his income decreased over time due to the rising expense of living.
Zulaika, his youngest wife and mother of his 11 children revealed that she has been experiencing financial difficulties and is currently using birth control pills. Due to Musa’s poor health, he is unable to work, and two of his wives have left him as a result of financial strain.
Even if two wives have already left, Musa is confident enough that his wives love him and they all are happy being with him.