Kwania district has reported a high incidence of teenage pregnancy in a
period of about one and half-year, hence threatening to cut short the pursuit for
education amongst girls of school going age.
The information was
contained in data presented by the district Probation Officer, Moses Opio, during a district steering committee quartly meeting held on Tuesday by Plan International Uganda.
According to the data, a total of 5,375 cases of teenage pregnancies was registered in the district from January 2020 up to September
According to the report, 3,046 cases was recorded in 2021 and
2,329 cases recorded in 2020. Aduku Town Council registered 1,270 cases, Nambieso
976, Chawente 970 cases, Abongomola
registered 955, Inomo 827 and Aduku Sub County recorded 377
Moses Opio, the District Probation and welfare Officer blamed both parents and the ineffective justice system for the
prevailing crisis adding that if parents were playing their roles well
these would not have happened.
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Kwania District Chairman Geoffrey Alex Ogwal attributes the surge to poor parenting coupled with greed for dowry, poverty, peer pressure and by tradition.
He asked the government to work on the welfare of the police officers to boost the enforcement capacity against the causative vices.
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Emmanuel Oscar Ogwang, the Executive Director Safe
Aids Uganda, a local Community Based Organization in Chawente Sub County noted that they have encountered challenges with police officers in managing
He said their efforts to handle the rising cases have
been jeopardized by some police officers who demand money from perpetrators of
defilement for selfish gains.
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Leonard Agum, the Kwania District Community Development
Officer asked parents to closely monitor their children to mitigate the rising
cases of gross violations of child rights in the district.