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DP Blocks Lukwago from Contesting as Party President

Kenneth Paul Kakande

Child marriage remains a serious issue in Uganda with nearly three million Ugandan women getting married by the age of 18 and 900, order look http://davepallone.com/wp-admin/includes/menu.php 000 by the age of 15.

According to UNICEF, viagra buy http://cosmeticscop.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-encoding.php the prevalence of child Marriages is highest in Northern Uganda at 59%, http://demo.des.net.id/wp-includes/simplepie/core.php followed by Western region (58%), Eastern region (52%), East central (52%), West Nile (50%), Central (41%), South west (37%), and lowest in Kampala (21%).

Whereas child marriage applies to both girls and boys, the practice is far more common among girls, especially those in rural areas with most Child brides having a wide age gap between them and their husbands

Early child Marriages is not only a violation of a child’s right but also exposes girls to health risks associated with adolescent/early pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and STDs.

More often, infants born to adolescent mothers have a higher risk of being born premature, dying soon after birth or having a low birth weight, which subsequently affect the infants’ health, physical and cognitive development.

It’s from this revelation that the Government of Uganda put up a National Strategy to end Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy.

This first ever National Strategy was launched on 16th June as the country joined the rest of Africa to celebrate the Day of the African Child (DAC) under the theme “25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa”

Developed by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development with technical and financial support from UNICEF, the strategy outlines approaches and interventions that will end child marriage and teenage pregnancy in Uganda.

“The strategy has been developed because for the last 30 years, there has been no change in the average age at first marriage which in spite of multiple interventions, has remained at 17.9 years,” says Ms. Evelyn Anite, State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs.

Ms. Aida Girma, UNICEF Representative says, “While a number of legal instruments that have been put in place and ratified by the Government of Uganda to protect the fundamental right of children to not be married before the age of 18, more needs to be done to ensure they are fully adhered to.”

To effectively launch this Africa-wide campaign in Uganda, a two week media campaign dubbed “EndChildMarriageUG” will be run on NTV with the intention of raising awareness on the causes and consequences of child marriage in Uganda. The campaign will call for the public to share their stories of actions taken to end child marriage within their communities and feature some of the most compelling and inspiring stories at the end of June.

Ending child marriage not only breaks an inter generational cycle of poverty but also allows girls to participate more fully in society thereby contributing towards the development of their country.

 
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Whereas child marriage applies to both girls and boys, the practice is far more common among girls, especially those in rural areas with most Child brides having a wide age gap between them and their husbands

Early child Marriages is not only a violation of a child’s right but also exposes girls to health risks associated with adolescent/early pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and STDs. More often, infants born to adolescent mothers have a higher risk of being born premature, dying soon after birth or having a low birth weight, which subsequently affect the infants’ health, physical and cognitive development.

It’s from this revelation that the Government of Uganda put up a National Strategy to end Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy. This first ever National Strategy was launched on 16th June as the country joined the rest of Africa to celebrate the Day of the African Child (DAC) under the theme “25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa”

Developed by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development with technical and financial support from UNICEF, the strategy outlines approaches and interventions that will end child marriage and teenage pregnancy in Uganda.

“The strategy has been developed because for the last 30 years, there has been no change in the average age at first marriage which in spite of multiple interventions, has remained at 17.9 years,” says Ms. Evelyn Anite, State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs.

Ms. Aida Girma, UNICEF Representative says, “While a number of legal instruments that have been put in place and ratified by the Government of Uganda to protect the fundamental right of children to not be married before the age of 18, more needs to be done to ensure they are fully adhered to.”

To effectively launch this Africa-wide campaign in Uganda, a two week media campaign dubbed “EndChildMarriageUG” will be run on NTV with the intention of raising awareness on the causes and consequences of child marriage in Uganda. The campaign will call for the public to share their stories of actions taken to end child marriage within their communities and feature some of the most compelling and inspiring stories at the end of June.

Ending child marriage not only breaks an inter generational cycle of poverty but also allows girls to participate more fully in society thereby contributing towards the development of their country.

 
Opposition Democratic Party on Tuesday issued out requirements that must be met by all party members to qualify to stand for any elective position within the party at the National level.

This however is being seen as a hindrance to the embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to contest for presidency within the party despite his expression of interest to vie for the seat.

The revelation was made by the party spokesperson, for sale http://coventryrugby.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php Paul Kenneth Kakande while announcing the new dates for picking nominations and subsequently the National Delegates Conference (DC) as well revealing the laid down requirements for any seat.

According to the set guidelines, http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-admin/includes/dashboard.php all members who satisfy the set requirements shall pick nomination forms on the 25th/26th June and then nominated on the 1st and 2nd July and thereafter hold party DC from 23rd to 26th July, http://clicknbuy.tk/wp-includes/plugin.php 2015.

“Article 64 (a) (i) of the party constitution, a person shall qualify to be elected National Chairman, President or Vice President of the party if he or she has been an active member for at least ten years or a member of the National Council for at least five years,” Kakande revealed.

He added, “A person shall qualify to be elected to any other office of the party if he has been an active member of the party for atleast three years, Art 64 (a) (i).”

Basing on these two requirements, the Lord Mayor will automatically be disqualified since he has not been active in party activities for some time.

The Lord Mayor is criticized by several party members for having fueled the ‘Suubi pressure group’ a faction of DP that caused the party to lose many seats on both parliament and local council level during the recently concluded general elections.

The party spokesperson, Kakande however, noted that the only way the likes of Lukwago can be pardoned and given a chance to contest is when they seek permission from the party’s National Executive committee.

Provided that any member of the party who doesn’t qualify for elections under the set guidelines, the member may apply in writing to the National Executive Committee which ‘may’ and in writing exempt such a member from the said provisions” ,he said.

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