LOP blames early marriages and pregnancies in rwenzori to traditional beliefs

By Ronald Kule 

KASESE-The leader of opposition in parliament Rt. Hon. Winnie Kiiza has attributed the persistent cases of early marriages and pregnancies in the rural communities of Uganda to some traditional beliefs that women were only meant for marriage instead of attaining education.

Winnie Kiiza who was addressing the Minister of Gender Hon Janet Mukwaya on Thursday this week during a stakeholders meeting at Kasese district multipurpose hall, stressed that some traditional mothers in Kasese haven’t up to date appreciated the importance of girl child education.

She said whereas the situation has changed in some other parts of the country, girl child education in Kasese is still being under considered by traditional parents in the district.

Winnie Kiiza who is also the Kasese district woman legislator also noted that the Rwenzori region has suffered number of civil wars which has rendered most of the parents poor to afford educating their children.

She however recognized efforts by the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu which recently banned marrying off of under aged girls.

The gender minster Janet Mukwaya challenged Kasese district leaders to start an education scheme fund to support some poor families to facilitate the education of their children. END

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