Pamela Kembabazi, the Rukiga District Senior Probation, and Welfare Officer says that 71 cases were recorded from July 2020 to July 2021. Kembabazi attributes the rising cases to the negligence of parents.
More than 7,000 underage girls have been impregnated in the six
districts of the Kigezi region during the Covid-19 lockdown.
In Kabale district, 2,628 girls were impregnated between March
2020 and July 2021.
Pamela Kembabazi, the Rukiga District Senior Probation, and
Welfare Officer says that 71 cases were recorded from July 2020 to July 2021. Kembabazi
attributes the rising cases to the negligence of parents.
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In Kanungu District, Keti Twebaze, the Kanungu District
Senior Probation, and Welfare Officer says that 1,401 cases of teenage pregnancies
were registered from January to August this year.
Twebaze attributes the overwhelming number to the ongoing
construction of Rukungiri-Kihihi-Kanungu road where workers who are mostly male
seduce young girls with money. Twebaze also says that many girls are employed
in the tea plantations where there are sometimes sexually abused.
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Alex Okwaratuhe, Kisoro District Senior Probation and Welfare
Officer says that his office registered 76 cases of girls who were
impregnated from July 2020 to July 2021 while in Rubanda, 200 cases were reported
July 2020-July 2021.
Joyce Kenganzi, District Probation and Welfare Officer says that
the number could be high because some cases are not reported by parents or
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Jennifer Tumusimire, Senior Probation and Welfare Officer for
Rukungiri District says that last year 1982 girls were impregnated.
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Moses Bwengye Tumwijukye, Kabale District Education Officer says
that as leaders they struggle to follow up on the cases. He explains that some
parents connive with the culprits.
Tumwijukye cites an example of a recent incident at Kavu Primary School
in Maziba sub-county when a teacher impregnated a primary seven pupil at the
school and later escaped with her to Kanungu with the knowledge of the parents.
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Martin Kasagara Kiiza, the Executive Director of the National
Children Authority (NCA), a department under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and
Social Development says that they have intensified efforts of raising awareness
in fighting the vice.