The State Minister for Finance in charge of Planning David Bahati has expressed concern over the increased number of early marriages and defilement cases in Kabale district.
This was contained in his speech that was read by the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Darius Nandinda during the belated celebrations to mark the day of the African Child that was held at Mwisi primary school in Kitumba sub county Kabale district. The day was celebrated under the theme” leave no child behind in Uganda’s development”.
Bahati explained that the increasing of number of early marriages has also contributed to the increasing poverty levels in the country, since young girls that join marriage do not have ideas on how to develop their families. He also condemned the increasing cases of rape and defilement in the country
The Kabale district Senior Probation officer Monica Muhumuza said that 87 girls got married while 52 girls underage were also impregnated in the January and March quarter. She said that the act hinders the education of a girl child.
The Director of Kizinga Child Development Centre Sylvia Tukacungurwa also decried child abuse and sexual harassment on young girls. She said that the church leaders should act and condemn such acts and people who commit such offenses.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website