Ugandan women sweet, most fertile-minister
“Our women are highly fertile,” Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of State for Housing, Lands and Urban Development, has revealed.
He was on Tuesday opening a 4-day training workshop on “Supporting African Municipalities in Sustainable Energy Transitions [SAMSET]” at the main campus located along Jinja road in the capital Kampala.
The minister was explaining how Africa’s population is growing very fast and how by the end of the century, Africa will have the second highest population in the world.
He said urbanisation is also growing very fast catalysed by rural-urban migration.
Baryomunsi noted that the high fertility rate in Africa is to blame for population increase while low mortality rates are responsible for population decrease.
“Fertility rates are very high in Africa. Our women are producing many children.”
He said the fertility rate in Uganda has just come down; it was 7 kids per woman but is now 5.8 kids per woman, according to the 2014 census [which is still very high].
“We are still in earlier stages of population control. Our small and medium urban areas too have a low capacity to contain population growth.”
He said by 1956, African leaders already faced a challenge of population growth.
They gathered at global conference on population in Rome Italy  and by 1965, a UN department population fund and development had been created.
In 1974, the meeting was in Bucharest, 1984 in Mexico and 1994 in Cairo Egypt where African leaders who did not appreciate the population question finally changed their mind-sets and awoke to the reality of the day.
They then started to embrace population control mechanisms like birth control or family planning.
Basing on high fertility rates, Africa is still in early stages of this demographic transition, the minister explained.
“Uganda has fastest growing population with 3.2 percent annual growth next only to Niger. Our women are the most fertile,” he revealed.
According to the minister, urban growth rate is at 5.2 percent with people moving from rural to urban areas where they are faced with squalid living conditions [informal and shanty settlements].
He said government was encouraging investors to invest in rural areas so people stay there.
Government was also improving health services in the countryside and proving social amenities so people can prosper.
“We are also building capacity to control those who come to urban centres.”