Kadaga challenges govt on anti-FGM commitment
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has expressed concern over the delay by government to completely phase out Female Genital Mutilation in the country.
Kadaga in a meeting with Mr Alain Sibenaler, the new country representative for United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) on Monday said that despite full funding, government has failed to meet its promises.
Kadaga also blamed president Museveni for acting slow on the castration of model schools in Amudat district, meant to protect girls from Female Genital Mutilation.
“We agreed with the president sets up schools for these young girls from but they have not been established, yet the money was allocated,” she said.
“We need to act fast if we are really committed to ending this vice against our children,” Kadaga added.
Ms Amudat Rosemary Nauwat (NRM) Woman MP also said that a lot remains to be desired of the so much sang interventions, something that indicates a lack of commitment. She also said that although some buildings were erected, several of them are still incomplete, calling for more funding.
“The buildings were not enough and most of them were not completed within the four months promised,” she said.
The lawmaker said that there was need for the ministry of education and sports to directly take part in the fulfillment of the president’s commitment. Alain who was in in company of his deputy, Miranda Tabifor, promised to aid efforts by Parliament in the fight against female genital mutilation.
He also hailed undertakings by government to end the vice as key, and only need to be supported for attainment.
In April this year, Uganda will host the global consultations summit on Female Genital Mutilation, according to Alain.
“We hold joint UNFPA-UNPF global consultations on FGM conference every year where experts gather in one place to exchange ideas, experiences and expertise. So for this year, we decided to host it in Uganda,” he said.
In Uganda, although the Parliament enacted a law to outlaw female genital mutilation many districts in Karamoja and Sabei sub-regions remain a major hub for the illegal practice.