Ugandan Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kàdaga has decried the increasing cases of child marriages and school dropouts and called for naming and shaming of suspected defilers.
According Kadaga who also doubles as the Kamuli District woman Member of Parliament, naming and shaming of the perpetuators of defilement will help reduce the vice which has victimized the girl child in busoga among other parts of the country.
She made the remarks on Friday while closing the 8th Annual Indo Afric medical Camp at Kamuli Mission Hospital.
An estimated Shs740 million was sunk in the 10 day free medical camp that saw a number of patients get free medical services.
Kadaga also applauded ASP Doreen Ninsima, the acting DPC Kamuli District for being gender sensitive.
Child defilement is becoming a worrying phenomenon in Uganda, with many blaming parents who have many children when they can’t meet their basic needs for food, clothing and shelter.
According to official figures, 26 girls are defiled in Uganda every day.
“Parents look at the girl-child as a source of wealth,” Atuhaire Maureen, Uganda’s police deputy commissioner for the Child and Family Protection Department said recently.
It is estimated that 77.7 percent of primary school children and 82 percent of secondary school children had experienced sexual abuse. In two thirds of the cases, the perpetrators are said to be teachers.