By Kweronda Ambrose
Ntungamo District Woman Member of Parliament Hopefull, Honorable Kamayangi Gloria, has raised concerns about the need for the government to regulate the DNA process in order to protect the well-being of Ugandan children.
Gloria’s remarks come in response to recent discussions surrounding DNA issues on various platforms, where some men have experienced severe emotional distress, leading to cases of suicide and silent suffering.
In an interview with our reporter, the aspiring legislator expressed her fears that if the issue of DNA testing is not properly managed, innocent children may become unintended victims. She highlighted the potential consequences, such as children being forced out of their homes and schools, which could result in an increase in street children and involvement in undesirable activities.
Gloria emphasized the importance of establishing paternity, as it enables individuals to secure legal rights related to child support, child custody, social security benefits, and inheritance. She appealed to the government to recognize the significance of this matter and provide guidance on how to address such issues effectively.
“While establishing paternity is crucial for various legal rights, we must also consider the potential negative impact on innocent children. They could be displaced from their homes and schools, leading to an increase in street children, as well as the rise of criminal activities. I kindly request the government to address this matter seriously and educate the public on the best approaches to handle DNA testing,” said Kamayangi Gloria.
Yusufu Muziransa, the senior information officer at Uganda’s Equal Opportunity Commission, had previously confirmed to our reporter that the commission believes the DNA testing process should be regulated. The commission is concerned about the increasing number of vulnerable individuals, especially children, who learn that their presumed fathers are not their biological fathers.
Muziransa added that individuals who conceal the truth about their children’s parentage from their partners could face legal consequences in the future, such as being taken to court and charged with misrepresentation and obtaining resources or money through false pretenses.
“Every revelation that emerges from DNA testing creates more vulnerable individuals by the day. Imagine being told that the person you grew up calling your father is not your biological father. The psychological trauma inflicted on these children is immense, leading some to drop out of school and others to end up on the streets, while families