(ORDO NEWS) — Mzi Musa Hasahya, a 67-year-old farmer from Uganda, is one of the most prolific polygamists in history . He has 12 wives, 102 children and 568 grandchildren.
Even by the standards of his home village of Lusaka, where polygamy is legal, Mzi Musa Khasakhya’s family is considered gigantic. Although he grew up in extreme poverty, he managed to rise above his fortune, amassing enough wealth and prestige to be appointed headman of a village for several decades and ensure that whenever he approached a family to marry their daughter they always agreed.
Khasahya married his first wife in 1971 at the age of 16 and then continued to take new wives. Since his father only produced two children, which threatened the extinction of his clan, the Ugandan farmer took it upon himself to keep his lineage alive, producing more than 100 children.
“My late father, Mwamadi Mudumba, had two wives but only had two children.
This put our family and clan in jeopardy,” Mzi Musa Khasahya told the Ugandian Monitor, expressing his joy that his children and grandchildren will expand the clan further.
About a third of Khasakhya’s children live with him and his wives in the family home, the rest have left and started families of their own.
In addition, the 67-year-old farmer admits that he does not know all the children in his house by name and who their mother is.
“How can a man be satisfied with one woman?
It’s a sign that you were born male but with female hormones,” Hasahya says, laughing.
“All my wives cook the same way and live together in the same house.
It is easy for me to follow them and also prevent them from escaping with other men in this village.”
Interestingly, Mzi’s eldest child is 21 years older than his younger wife, 28-year-old Zabina, who claims that despite being 67 years old, her husband has the energy of a 25-year-old man. He takes care of all his wives, spends time with each of them and never cheats on them.
Despite all the words of praise from his family, Mzi Musa Khasahya admits that not everything is perfect in his huge family.
The rising cost of living makes it harder and harder for him to provide everyone with everything he needs, and this has led to the fact that half of his wives left him.
He currently has only six of his original twelve wives left.
“He had money, but four years ago his cattle business collapsed and the women started leaving one by one until there were six of them,” said one of the eldest sons, Bumaru Hifunde.
It was because of these financial problems that Hasahya notified his remaining wives that they needed to use contraceptives in order not to become pregnant again, as any new mouth to feed would be a severe burden on the farmer.
“I won’t have any more children. I saw a bad financial situation and now I take birth control pills,” said one of the man’s wives.
Perhaps Khasakhya’s decision is for the best, because he already has 102 children and 568 grandchildren.
Earlier we talked about the 59-year-old Canadian Winston Blackmore, who has 27 wives and brings up almost one and a half hundred children.
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