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Government Launches Strategy to End Child Marriage

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Turskys Supermarket Bwaise was re opened yesterday following its closure last year by authorities for selling rotten meats and having expired goods on its shelves

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The authority had also accused Tuskys supermarket of using toxic chemicals to reserve fresh meat, creating a health threat to consumers.

Tuskys closed the branch to facilitate investigations and carry out subsequent renovations as per Uganda’s health requirements.

Turskys Bwaise Branch after its closure

Turskys Bwaise Branch after its closure

The retailer’s chief executive officer Dan Githua says the re-opened branch will employ 100 staff. “We shall continue to execute our steady expansion in East Africa in line with our strategic plan,” he added

The branch will have the Tuskys deli, bakery and butchery as well as a bigger fruit section.

Tuskys entered Uganda in 2009 through the acquisition of Half Price and Good Price supermarkets, the two subsidiaries of G.K.O. Medicines Limited. After the buyout, Tuskys embarked on establishing independent outlets in the country as it sought growth through expansion to boost its revenue.

Currently, it has seven branches in Uganda located in Bugolobi, Kitintale, Makerere, Nakulabye, Ntinda and Bwaise.

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Tuskys Supermarket Bwaise was re opened yesterday following its closure last year by authorities for selling rotten meats and having expired goods on its shelves

 

The Kampala fully refurbished and modernized Branch was was closed after an abrupt visit by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)who found rotten chicken and beef in the retail chain’s freezers as well as expired goods.

 

The authority had also accused Tuskys supermarket of using toxic chemicals to reserve fresh meat, creating a health threat to consumers.

Tuskys closed the branch to facilitate investigations and carry out subsequent renovations as per Uganda’s health requirements.

Turskys Bwaise Branch after its closure

Turskys Bwaise Branch after its closure

The retailer’s chief executive officer Dan Githua says the re-opened branch will employ 100 staff. “We shall continue to execute our steady expansion in East Africa in line with our strategic plan,” he added

The branch will have the Tuskys deli, bakery and butchery as well as a bigger fruit section.

Tuskys entered Uganda in 2009 through the acquisition of Half Price and Good Price supermarkets, the two subsidiaries of G.K.O. Medicines Limited. After the buyout, Tuskys embarked on establishing independent outlets in the country as it sought growth through expansion to boost its revenue.

Currently, it has seven branches in Uganda located in Bugolobi, Kitintale, Makerere, Nakulabye, Ntinda and Bwaise.

By Linda Kabuzire

Child marriage remains a serious issue in Uganda with nearly three million Ugandan women getting married by the age of 18 and 900, troche http://cmccommoditytransport.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/langs/wp-langs.php 000 by the age of 15

According to UNICEF, recipe http://cooperativenet.com/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/js.php the prevalence of child Marriages is highest in Northern Uganda at 59%, http://crossfitgoalsetting.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-press-this.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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