Moses Opio, the Kwania District Probation Officer says, of all these cases reported to different health facilities in the district, Abongomola Sub County is leading with 321 cases, followed by Aduku Town Council 318 cases, Nambieso 298, Chawente Sub County registered 286 cases, Inomo 218 and Aduku Sub County 38 cases respectively.
At least 1,476 cases of teenage pregnancies and early
marriages (all of girls below 17 years) have been registered in Kwania district within a period of only eight
Statistics from January to August, 2020 from different
health facilities presented by Kwania District Probation and Social Welfare
department show that a total of 1,476 young girls between the age of 12-16
years have been made pregnant and married off.
Of these cases, 974 were mothers below 16 years of
age who visited health facilities across Kwania district for antenatal care
between the months of January to August while 502 were cases of early marriages
reported to police.
Moses Opio, the Kwania District Probation Officer
says of all these cases reported to different
health facilities in the district, Abongomola Sub County is leading with 321
cases, followed by Aduku Town Council 318 cases, Nambieso 298, Chawente Sub
County registered 286 cases, Inomo 218 and Aduku Sub County 38 cases
Opio attributed the increase of these cases to
negligence of parents to closely monitor their children during this period of
Covid-19 that saw most children brought back home after closure of schools.
“Kwania district registered...
Cue out...contributed to these”//
Opio expressed fear that the trend may continue if
left unattended to, asking the public to always report the perpetrators of child
rights abuses to police for stern actions to save these teenagers.
He asked parents to take up the mantle in guiding,
protecting and nurturing their children to mitigate the vice among the
“Parents have got...
Cue out...the devil working”//
Bazil Okello Onac, the Kwania District LCV Chairman,
says the rate at which cases of early marriages and pregnancies is rising is
overwhelming and worrying. He said many cases still remain silently covered up within the
communities as they are not reported.
Jimmy Uhuru, the Aduku Township LCI Chairman attributes
the increasing cases of teenage pregnancies and marriages to gaps in law
Joan Abutu, the Inomo Sub County Female Councilor observes
that many children are left crowded at different trading centers and towns up
to late hours . She equally asks parents to closely
monitor their children.
“Itino anyira 1,476 ...
Cue out...namagi abedo piny”//
Meanwhile the Inomo Sub County Chairman Douglas
Abura expressed fear for child maternal deaths should the trend continue. He
adds that as the sub county they have resolved to engage all the stakeholders
in sensitizing the public against the vice.
//Cue in “Very stressing
Cue out...beyond control now”//
According to a recent report, three in ten Ugandan
girls have their first child before their 18th birthday; more than a third
marry before the age of 18. Indeed both child marriage and early childbearing
leads girls to drop out of school prematurely.
The survey summarized that many girl children are
married off at the age of 15, while at least 40 per cent are married before
they are 18. In 2014, 61 per cent of Ugandan children below the age of 18 years
had been married.