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Busia men castigated for ruining girl child education

12 July 2016, 16:01 Jane Zack

Busia - Busia, with a population of 890,000 has the largest number of teenage girls (28.8%) who give birth between 15 and 19 years compared to 18.1% nationally.

Women led by Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong have condemned men who defile young girls, thus ruining their lives.

Speaking during the World Population Day at Busia Polytechnic grounds on Monday, Judy wondered why some men were opting to befriend kids when  there are many women out there.

"I am perturbed some teachers are ruining the lives of their pupils by impregnating them. This is unacceptable and those who are found culpable should not be spared," she said.

Judy urged girls who are over 18 years and are sexually active to negotiate for safer sex with their partners to avoid early pregnancies and contracting  sexually transmitted diseases or HIV/Aids.

MCA and Planning committee chairman, Vincent Obisa said he supports remarks made by stakeholders that men who ruin the lives of the girl child should be castrated.

Read Also: Girls should be in school – not forced into marriage by powerful men

Busia County Commissioner, Mongo Chimwanga regretted that early marriages, pregnancies and school drop outs among teenage girls in Busia had reached alarming proportions.

He attributed the worrying trend to peer pressure and environmental and cultural practices arising from disco matanga which he said is an outlawed practice.

"From today, anybody who will sanction disco matanga including chiefs and the police will face the law. Parents should also not neglect the girl child in favour of the boy child," he said.

The County commissioner named Matayos, Teso South and Nambale as the three leading sub counties in teenage pregnancies, with Busia ranking 12th in the country.

Butula was ranked top in rape cases, with Samia and Matayos leading in disco matanga. Teso North was named for marrying off girls at early age.

The theme of the World Population Day was "Investing in Teenage Girls."

County Executive Committee member for Health Dr Maurice Siminyu wondered where teenage girls get the alarming pregnancies, adding that disco matanga and premature sexual activities could be the main cause. 

- MyNews24

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