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UGANDA: Museveni Directs Sabiny To Stop Female Genital Mutilation

President Museveni has described Female Genital Mutilation as an outdated practice and an abuse to dignity of the girl-child that has no room in modern society, urging the Sabiny to stop it henceforth.

“This cutting of girls must stop. This was a science of our ancestors and we need to change it. I am happy that before I even signed the law you already had enacted a law against it,” said President Museveni.

The President, who was on a one-day tour of Bukwo District on Saturday aimed at assessing the progress of the state-funded agricultural and credit facilities, urged people to utilise the small fragmented pieces of land in Bukwo for intensive agriculture to fight poverty at households.

However, there are reports that the practice which in traditional Sabiny society is meant to initiate young girls into adulthood now takes place at night, in the bushes and across the border in Kenya in bid to dodge the law.
Government passed a law banning FGM in March.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

AUTHOR: David Mafabi

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DATE: 10/06/2010

 

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