Kasese boss threaten to arrest husbands to pregnant Teenager.
By MORIS MUMBERE
KASESE: The Kasese district chairperson five has threatened to arrest husbands to the teenagers following the increasing early marriages in the district which has increased the number of female dropouts in the district.
Basing on the Research gathered in the district indicate that, teenage pregnancy is reported to be on increase especially in Kitswamba sub-county, Busongora north in Kasese district which leaders suspect to have been caused dues to much freedom rendered to the male youth which urge them to marry at an early stage.
“The youth in this district have much freedom since their parents have failed to talk to them and direct them in the right way which could enable them see a bright fight not looking at marriage as the only way of achieving in life, by arresting husbands the rest will learn and fear to engage in such useless early marriage issues” Sibendire bigogo the district boss threatened.
During several abrupt visits to Kitswamba Health Center III in Busongora North constituency, the district leaders were shocked by the big number of teenagers who had thronged the facility for antenatal care.
Kasese District Chairperson Sibendire Bigogo Geoffrey Thembo had subsequently criticized the high rate of early pregnancy in the area and called for an immediate sensitization of the people, especially the men in the area.
Bigogo told monitor reporters that he was shocked to find out that girls of between 14 to 16 years were having three or more children.
“I guess these girls were actually defiled” According to Bigogo,.
In Uganda, 24% of all female teenagers are either pregnant or have given birth already.
Uganda also has the one of the world’s highest fertility rate, with the annual growth rate of 3.5% per annum.
Bridget Biira 18 years and a mother of three children said that she was defiled at the age of 16 while she was in primary six.
A midwife at the facility told our reporter that, at least 15 young girls are received daily for antenatal care.
A section of residents attributed the problem to scarcity of water which they said forces many children to trek long distances in search of water.
Swaibu Mujungu, a teacher at Kitswamba SDA primary school said that young girls in the area were being waylaid by people luring them into immature relationships.
However, Yusuf Mugoba blamed his fellow parents for their alleged failure to monitor their children’s movements.
Simion Kisarali and his wife Grace Biira who were met at the facility for antenatal care urged teenagers to always go with their husbands whenever they attend antenatal care.
According to United Nations, each year roughly 7.3 million girls give birth when they are below the age of 18, and two million of those are younger.
The rate of pregnancies in adolescent girls has started to fall in many developing countries but remains a stubborn problem that damages girls' health and hinders economic productivity.