The Deputy Speaker, Anita Among has threatened to expose Members of Parliament who impregnate their girlfriends and fail to take responsibility of their children. In December 1, 2021 plenary sitting, Among told Parliament that her office has been receiving women seeking her intervention over legislators who have abandoned them after impregnating them.
This followed a statement by the Vice president, Maj (Rtd) Jessica Alupo on the National campaign on defilement, teenage pregnancies, early marriages and failed parenthood in the country where she called upon key stakeholders to undertake a structured social dialogue and create awareness about these vices and agree on sustainable solutions.
Among noted that she is tired of her office being turned into chambers for resolving legislators’ family issues saying she has had enough of it.
“I am tired of counseling women here, women come here with children. It is the MPs who impregnate these girls and abandon them. Just imagine this girl is your daughter, someone impregnates her and refuses to take
care?” Among wondered.
She said, “When we talk about failed parenting, it is even happening with members here in parliament! I get complaints about failure to take care of children fathered by MPs here.”
Sarah Opendi the Tororo Woman MP asked MPs to be role models as they speak about parenthood in their constituencies. “Today I was informed of a young mother who came here with a child of 6 months whose father is one of us (MPs) here and has failed to take responsibility of the child. Can we be role models as we speak about the aspect of parenthood!” she pleaded.
In a related development MPs asked Government to commit resources to the provision of sanitary pads for teenage girls, noting that poverty has led to the increase in teenage pregnancies.
“Whereas defilement and teenage pregnancies are a major problem, the biggest problem is that many young girls in the villages cannot afford sanitary pads and knickers,” said MP Dan Kimosho
Among said that it is now an agreed position of Parliament that the girls need reusable sanitary towels because some of the girls are actually taken advantage of because they cannot afford sanitary towels.
She also asked the country to turn eyes on the boy child: “In discussing the challenges facing the girl child, we need to pay attention to the boy child as well, because the actions we are talking about are orchestrated by them. We need to mentor our boys to co-exist with the girls in a healthy way.”