The man has 12 wives and 102 children

UgandaMusa Hasahya Kasera, 68, is married to 12 wives and has 102 children, so many that he can’t remember all of them.

Musa Hasahya Kasera, who lives in Bugisa village, Butaleja district, a remote rural area in Uganda, is struggling to provide for her extended family of 12 wives, 102 children and 578 grandchildren.

“At first, I thought it was a joke, but now there is a problem. When my health deteriorated and there was only nearly a hectare of land for such a large family, my two wives left because I couldn’t afford food, clothes and send my children to school,” Hasahya said.

Hasahya is unemployed but has become a tourist attraction to his village. This man said his wives are using birth control methods to prevent the number of family members from increasing.

“I don’t want to have more children because I have learned from my irresponsible actions when I gave birth to too many children without being able to take care of them,” Hasahya said.

Musa Hasahya Kasera (left) with his family members in Bugisa village, Butaleja district, Uganda, January 17.  Photo: AFP.

Musa Hasahya Kasera (left) with his family members in Bugisa village, Butaleja district, Uganda, January 17. Photo: AFP.

Hasahya married his first wife in 1972 in a traditional ceremony when they were about 17 years old and welcomed their first child, Sandra Nabwire, about a year later. He was advised by relatives and friends to marry multiple wives so that he could have more children and make his family larger.

Hasahya’s 102 children are between the ages of 10 and 50, while his youngest wife is about 35 years old.

“I can only remember the names of my first and youngest child, I can’t remember the names of some of the children. The wives help me recognize them,” Mr. Hasahya said, adding that he couldn’t even remember. all the wives’ names.

Hasahya said his extended family maintains monthly family meetings. The local official in charge of Bugisa village, which has about 4,000 inhabitants, said that despite many difficulties, Mr. Hasahya raised his children very well and that no one was guilty of fighting or stealing.

Bugisa villagers are mainly small-scale farmers, growing agricultural products such as rice, cassava, coffee or raising cattle. Many members of the Hasahya family try to earn money or food by doing chores for the neighbors or chopping wood or carrying water.

When asked why he thought his wives wouldn’t leave him, Hasahya said: “They all love me, you see, they are very happy!”.

Ngoc Anh (Theo AFP)

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