In Uganda, anyone who dares force a woman or your girl into sex is a candidate of un-negotiated death the President of this East African country has warned.
President Yoweri Museveni made these tough remarks on Friday while officiating at the opening of the New Law Year 2022 at the High Court premises in the Ugandan capital Kampala.
“Anyone who rapes a woman or defiles a girl must die. Those are the views of my constituency,” said President Museveni.
Uganda has in the past weeks been a focus for both local and international media over a very big number of pregnant girls defiled during the 2-year long closure of schools as part of prevention of further spread of the pandemic.
President Museveni said recently that underage girls that got pregnant and gave birth during the pandemic would not be expelled from schools.
The government said nearly 650,000 teen pregnancies were recorded between 2020 and 2021.
Livingstone Naitema, a retired education officer in eastern Uganda’s Luuka district says, “the situation of teenage girls getting pregnant is terrible. Girls as young as 14 years are giving birth. It is a ‘babies having babies’ situation.”
Uganda with a total population of 47 million has one of the youngest populations in the world and 55% are children under 18, few of whom complete secondary education.
According to a recent study from the UN population fund “a total of 354,736 teenage pregnancies were registered in 2020, while 295,219 teenage pregnancies were registered between January to early September 2021. This implies that on average, over 32,000 teenage pregnancies are recorded per month.”