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First Lady recommends use of family planning to avoid child torture

26 November 2014, 22:55 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Uganda's First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni is advising young couples to practice family planning until they are ready to take up family responsibilities including looking after their children who should always be their first priority.

She said this in relation to the video that went viral showing a maid torturing a helpless baby when parents were away.

A house help Jolly Tuhiriirwe ,22, was last week arrested by police and is now in custody facing charges of attempted murder.

The parent of the baby had installed a CCTV in the house after suspecting that the maid was mistreating the baby after they had gone to work.

Since then, the maid's actions have been the main topic of discussion in the country and abroad.

Child rights organizations including UNICEF have condemned the act, with Janet Museveni saying that the video should be used by every parent to examine themselves on how maids treat their employers' children.

Read Also: Uganda baby abusing maid arrested

She also appealed to the parents to put the well-being of their children first just in case they decide to start families.

Janet Musevei said, ''I know that the child abuse story has traumatized young families. I send an appeal to young parents to realize that the well-being of their children is on top of their agenda. Parenting requires self sacrifice. There is need for wisdom when time comes to begin a family.''

She advised young parents to practice family planning until they are sure that one of them can stay home to look after the children before they start producing kids.

She however encouraged employers to set aside small places where parents can keep, breastfeed and look after their babies while on duty as this will save the children the kind of torture they go through in the absence of their parents.

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