BY ALEX BALUKU
KASESE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has donated four motorcycles to Kasese district to strengthen the child protection systems.
The motorcycles will be used by social welfare officials to strengthen involved in promoting children’s rights in the district.
The donation benefits Mpodwe Lhubiriha Town Council, Kyarumba, Karusandara and Bwesumbu sub-counties.
Speaking at the handover of the motorcycles, the UNICEF Country Representative, Munir Safieldin, explained that strengthening child protection systems would ensure justice for all children.
“We want to see all children grow up in homes and communities that are free from violence, abuse and exploitation,” said Safieldin.
He also noted that children have been facing a lot of abuses due to Covid-19
Pandemic and due to prolonged school closure which he says needs serious intervention by both stakeholders, NGOs and government.
The country director said that according to a report obtained from the district probation office, 30 underage girls were impregnated during the second lockdown.
“This is an alarming situation,” warned the UNICEF official who urged the district leadership to wake up and confront the problem.
Shortly after receiving the motorcycles, the district Chairperson, Eriphazi Muhindi Bukombi, applauded UNICEF for their continued support to the lower administrative units.
Muhindi described the charity organization as a brother who has always supported the district in many areas including health and education, among others.
The politician also said that 55.7% of Kasese district’s population is children which calls for serious attention towards issues that are facing the young generation.
He revealed that since the district was hit by floods, many people have been encamped at internally displaced people’s camps and the most affected persons were women and children.
Muhindi promised to ensure equitable utilization of the district’s resources and pledged to continue supporting UNICEF programs in order to achieve the set goals.