UGANDA: Museveni Speaks Out On Genital Mutilation

THE Government will build boarding schools in Sebei region to act as safe havens for girls against female genital mutilation, President Yoweri Museveni said yesterday.

Addressing thousands of supporters at his campaign rallies in Kween and Bukwo districts, the President observed that although the law barring the practice was now in place, some people were still practicing it. Some girls are crossing to neighbouring Kenya to be circumcised.

“We are going to build boarding schools so that we protect our children from these local surgeons,” Museveni told the cheering crowds at Kween district headquarters.

He described the practice as backward and ungodly.
“How can you oppose God? God wired human beings the way he wanted them to be. You cannot be more clever than God to change his creation,” he said.

The President urged the surgeons to form an association so that he could help them find an alternative source of income.

The equal opportunities committee of Parliament a year ago asked the Government to build model schools, where vulnerable girls will be kept during school days and holidays, until they are of age to resist the practice. The practice is common among the Sabiny and Karimojong.

Girls studying outside the region but belong to these communities will also spend their vacation in the schools. This would also detach uncompromising parents from their daughters, he said.

Museveni promised to avail a radio and television station to the region to promote their programmes.
The President also said the Government would provide the region with seven combine harvesters to help them in wheat growing.

Museveni promised to build hospitals and provide ambulances for Kween and Bukeo. He instructed that the two districts be provided with Police patrol cars.

The President said a UPDF battalion would be deployed to handle the Kenyan Pokot cattle raiders.

He also promised that Government would resettle the people who were displaced from the national park.

Flanked by the NRM deputy secretary general, Dorothy Hyuha, Museveni urged the people to vote for him and other party flag-bearers.

He said the NRM was the only party with the capacity to manage the affairs of Uganda effectively.
Museveni said Prosperity-for All-programmes had been revamped.

SOURCE: New Vision Online

AUTHOR: Milton Olupot

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DATE: 17/12/2010

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