Gulu Youth Urged To Embrace Family Planning


buy geneva;”>Mr Bongo Jean Muttu, the Chief of Patiko in Gulu district advised youth to produce a number of children they know they will be able to provide for and become wealthy too.

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“Imagine a 20-year-old youth having three women and each producing seven children which makes the total of number of children to 21,” said the Chief, emphasizing it can’t match with the current high standards of living.

“The youth need to produce children they can give a proper education, medication, shelter and food because this will determine their future whether to be wealthy citizens or not,” added Chief Bongo.

Chief Bongo advised the youth to follow examples of developed countries like Denmark which has a population of less than five million people and yet they provide funds to countries like Uganda which has a population of over 37 million people.

“Many male youths are known of preventing their wives from using family planning methods,” said Chief Bongo, “This is unacceptable in today’s economy where over population is among the contributors to the escalating conflicts over resources in the region.”

John Luwa, Gulu District Planner said the current population is alarming with results showing that among every five women, three are pregnant.

“Gulu’s population expected at only 15,000 thousand people is doubling and if nothing is done, it wouldn’t be able to match the current planning and resource allocation by government,” said Luwa.

The Cultural Institution of Acholi, Ker Kwaro, with support from the Democratic Governance Facility is implementing a program to advocate for justice, peace building and reconciliation in the entire 54 chiefdoms in Acholi sub region using the cultural method of ‘‘Wangoo’’ bon fire light at night to engage the youth.

Miss Margaret Aber, one of the people implementing the Wangoo program under Acholi cultural institution said during a monitoring visit in the month of May, the youth in Patiko chiefdom raised a number of issues which hinder their development including drunkardness, domestic violence, low economic activities, land sale, theft, violence on parents and incest.

She called on the intervention of the Chief to advise the youth on the best ways of living.

The Wangoo bon fire has existed ever since Acholi tribe as a cultural practice which involves sitting around bon fire telling stories, discussing challenging issues, singing, dancing and eating as a way of preparing the youth for the future.


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