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Kooki Launches Campaign Against Child Marriage, Early Pregnancies

Al-Haji Idi Ahmed Kiwanuka, the Kooki Prime Minister, says that they are strengthening the year’s theme to enhance child protection. Kiwanuka argues that girls who are protected and educated have a better chance to have a brighter future compared to those married off early.
Students of Glory of Christ SS- Ddwaniro performing at the campaign launch

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Kooki Chiefdom has rolled out a campaign aimed at protecting the girl child and stopping child marriages in Rakai district. The Kooki Cultural leader alias Kamuswaaga, Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli II flagged off the campaign dubbed “Protecting the girl child and ending child marriage is my responsibility at the Royal park gardens on Thursday morning.



The campaign stems from the increasing cases of child pregnancies, defilement, school dropout and child neglect in Kooki. According to the Kamuswaga, the problem escalated because of the nationwide lockdown resulting from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which kept children out of school.  

He emphasized the need to protect children from all forms of abuse to secure the future of Kooki.  The Kamuswaga further noted that they are struggling to take care of babies while some choose to dump them in pit latrines, bushes, forests and dust bins.

 

//Cue in: “Twongera okunyweeza……………….

 

Cue out:…………………..ffe nga abazadde.”//

Al-Haji Idi Ahmed Kiwanuka, the Kooki Prime Minister, says that they are strengthening the year’s theme to enhance child protection. Kiwanuka argues that girls who are protected and educated have a better chance to have a brighter future compared to those married off early.

 

//Cue in: “Theme eyalondebwa………………….

 

Cue out:…………….nebagusa ensonga yemu.”//

 

Godfrey Kimbugwe, the Kooki Deputy Prime Minister, says that they do not want to bury their heads under the sand with such problems affecting children at hand. He noted that many children conceived and gave birth in the lockdown, according to reports from the district probation department.    

//Cue in: “We chose this theme…………………

 

Cue out:…………….to protect the girl child.”//

  

He says that through the Bwowe Children’s fund, the institution will help disadvantaged children to go to school.   

//Cue in: “First, when you are talking………………….

 

Cue out:…………….married off at an early stage.”//

Joseph Ssendagi, the Rakai District Probation and Social Welfare Officer, confirmed registering more than 320 cases of child pregnancies in Rakai during the lockdown. He says that more awareness campaigns are needed to sensitise the communities about the dangers of marrying off young girls and how to rehabilitate them once they get pregnant.

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