The debate is on again in the media about whether or not the presidential age limit clause in the Constitution should go.
While this is important to the country, we ought to focus more on things like job creation and poverty eradication.
Suggestions of referenda, a change to parliamentary democracy and the president’s legacy all remain at the talking level.
Politicians might benefit but the man on the street will be more concerned about better service delivery and household income. One of the most amazing things about Ugandans is the fondness to debate things whose answers they seem to already know.
To quote from Ecclesiastes 1:9 “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun”.
Prioritise sex education
Parents’ failure to teach their children about sex has resulted in early engagement in the act, leading to pregnancies and early marriages. This eventually contributes to the rapid increase in Uganda’s population.
Because most parents claim to be busy with work, children have lacked guidance and have ended up involving themselves in free sex, which has encouraged unsecure abortion, sometimes leading to death or maternal injury. With exposure to social media, teenagers excitedly act what they watch.
On the other hand, some parents have failed to educate their children about sex because they are also ignorant about the subject.
Some 80 per cent of these people are illiterates staying in rural Uganda. They have limited or no knowledge about family planning methods and some of them are even shy to talk about it because of cultural obligations.
I, therefore, call upon parents, teachers and guardians to ensure effective communication about sex to their children. Similarly, the government should ensure sensitization about family planning methods to people in villages and continue providing them with contraceptives.
We need no other law to regulate religion
The proposed law to regulate religious and faith-based organisations has continued to attract mixed reactions from the public. However, one of the pertinent areas is whether this bill is not in contravention of certain sections of the Constitution which talk about freedom of worship.
There are also concerns on whether there are already no existing laws and regulations to curb some of the illegal activities perpetrated by some unscrupulous ministers.
We recognize that freedom of worship is being abused by sections of the population. There are a number of manipulative teachings perpetrated by some misguided individuals in the name of preaching the word of God.
Some of them reportedly have been preaching against government programs such as discouraging their followers from seeking medical treatment, preaching against immunization, restraining their followers from participating in national identification card registration, involvement in sexual offences and even outright murder.
However, those are isolated cases of criminal-minded individuals.
These people should always be isolated and dealt with separately using the established laws in place, because their activities are actually criminal, and not connected to religious teachings or activities.
There may, therefore, be no need for another law, because we already have laws to handle such criminal activities.