SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT DECRIES HIGH RATE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST THE GIRL CHILD IN THE BUSOGA REGION – EASTERN UGANDA

The Speaker of Parliament and Woman MP Kamuli, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga emphasizing a point during the FAWEU Radio talk show on Sexual Violence against Adolescent Girls in the district.

The Speaker of Parliament and Woman MP Kamuli district, The Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has condemned the high rate of Sexual Violence against Adolescent Girls in Kamuli district. This took place during the FAWE Uganda radio talk show held at Kamuli Broadcasting Services(KBS) FM under the theme “Sexual Violence against Adolescent Girls; An Impediment to their Education Right.”

During the radio talkshow attended by other district officials and FAWE Uganda representatives, the Speaker condemned the high cases of sexual violence matted on the girl child including; child marriages, teenage pregnancies, defilement and rape. She called upon the district authorities and the law enforcement agencies like the Uganda police force in Kamuli district and the entire Busoga region to reign on the perpetrators abusing and destroying the future of the adolescent girls.

The Speaker called upon the girls in schools to concentrate and pay more attention to their Education and don’t accept to be derailed by men including the boda boda riders, teachers and the business community. She committed to contributing to the cause of Education for the girl child by supporting child mothers who have return to school with scholastic materials including providing books and school fees. She pledged to discuss the issue on the floor of Parliament in addition to advocating for the establishment of the regional education centers for child-mothers. Kadaga also mooted for the passing of National Re-Entry School Policy to give child mothers a second chance to attain Education for a better future.

According to Ms. Prossy Kalembe, the Senior Nursing Officer at Kamuli General Hospital, “Teenage pregnancy rate at both Kamuli and Buyende districts currently stands at 57%. Defilement by teachers and head teachers is on the increase in Kamuli as well. In Namasagali Sub County, it is alleged that one primary school teacher impregnated four primary school girls with the other two cases reported in one Sub County. Three primary school girls were also reported to have been married off by their teachers in Wankole Sub County and one impregnated by her own father.”

Ms. Prossy attributes the high teenage pregnancy rates to the negative effects that come along with poor parenting, rigid patriarchal cultural norms and gender inequalities; high illiteracy levels and lack of family planning services in the two districts. She adds that, the teenage pregnancies and child marriages at Buyende district were at 4.4%, higher than the national percentage of 3.2%. Meanwhile the Adolescent Girls representing Girls rights clubs from the different sub counties in Buyende and Kamuli tagged the overwhelming vice (defilement) on male teachers who are so disrespectful towards the pupils they teach. The girls also went ahead to express their dissatisfaction towards the unfriendly sexual reproductive health services they receive at health centers and cited abusive health officials, who charge defilement victims examination fees in addition to giving inadequate drugs.

According to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey (UDHS 2016), teenage pregnancies have increased from 24% to 25 % in urban areas and 26 to 27% in rural areas, with Eastern Uganda leading at 29%; with 35% of teenage mothers having no education. 17.2% of maternal deaths in Uganda are adolescents (15-19 years) and 27% of the deaths in pregnant adolescents is due to unsafe abortions. The study continues that, “Child marriages in the Eastern region stands at 52%. With the HIV prevalence rate among the young people (15-24 years) standing at 3.7% and higher among female adolescents at (3%) compared to males at 1.7%.” The Daily Monitor Newspaper of February 10, 2017 also revealed that 500 girls are infected with HIV/AIDs in Uganda weekly. The Daily Monitor Newspaper of Thursday, January 12, 2017, also reported that a total of 300 minors/girls were defiled in Kamuli district in the year 2016 only.

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