Health

Who gains from maternity leave of six months?

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months is one of the major gains in the six-month leave. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months is one of the major gains in the six-month leave. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Buuri MP Boniface Kinoti Gatobu’s proposal to raise maternity leave through a law review to six months has generated interesting discussions.

On each side are everyone else against the employers, who through the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), have opposed the plan.

Jacqueline Mugo, the executive director of the FKE, said businesses cannot afford to give women the time off, and thus the proposed amendments are “counterproductive” and if adopted could damage their careers and deny them job opportunities.

But, really, who would benefit from the elaborate leave plan whose half is optional and will come without pay?