Monica Muhumuza Nzeirwe, Kabale District Probation Officer revealed to our reporter on Friday afternoon that her office has recorded 2,467 cases of girls aged under 18 who were impregnated since March 2020.
Persistently high rates of teenage pregnancies in Kabale
district continue baffling the leaders.
Monica Muhumuza Nzeirwe, Kabale District Probation Officer
revealed to our reporter on Friday afternoon that her office recorded 1,867 cases
of girls aged under 18 who were defiled and made pregnant between March 2020-March 2021.
Muhumuza says that however, much she has not finalized
compiling data from April to date, her office has registered 600
cases of teenage pregnancies in the last two months.
This makes the total number of cases at least 2,467.
Muhumuza says that the cases include a 14-year-old
girl from Kitooma parish, Rubaya sub-county who completed primary seven and was
chased from home after it was discovered by her parents that she is pregnant. Muhumuza says that because the minor was raped by two men who later took off, and she cannot who is the cause of her pregnancy.
Muhumuza says that the current level of cases had never happened before in
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According to Muhumuza, the increase of cases resulted from redundancy
that children especially girl child experienced during Covid-19 lockdown. She
says that because there was no academic pressure, most girl children assumed they were mature enough and started getting involved in sexual acts.
Humumuza however says that the cases are putting the
district in shame.
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Gordon Manzi, Kabale District Senior Assistant Secretary, says that many teenage pregnancies are hurting education with more school dropouts are being registered. He also says that this
is leading to an increase in domestic violence where parents get discouraged and
chase the affected girls from home.
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In September 2020, Alfred Besigensi, Kabale District Health
Officer had revealed to our reporter that his office had registered 2,618 cases
of teenage pregnancies from January to July 2020, according to maternal statistic
he had recorded from government and private health units across the district.
Martin Kasagara Kiiza, the Executive Director of the National
Children Authority (NCA), a department under the Ministry of Gender, Labor and
Social Development responsible for monitoring the progress of all
investigations and criminal proceedings relating to children, says that due to
increase of cases, they have embarked on laying strategies with media to
educate the masses about the dangers of early pregnancies and how they can be
Kasagara also says that they are liaising with district officials
to make sure that parents get enough sensitization on how to protect their
children from sexual abuses.
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He also says that with the guidance of the National Child Policy
which was launched last year, they are in the process of talking to parents of
the affected girl children to have them forgiven and convinced to get back to