Ugandans, Janet Museveni has said, ought to have an honest discussion about responsible parenting instead of surrendering their responsibility to government.
In a recent speech at the commemoration of the International Day of the African Child at Kirigwaijjo senior secondary school in Kibale district, the First Lady and minister for Education and Sports, said it is only this generation of parents who expect government to walk into their homes and clothe, feed and take care of children.
Even during the hard times, she said, Ugandan families were still able to feed their children on nutritious food.
“…We have fruits abundant in rural areas especially. But all that food these days can go to the market and the families go without. So what does that mean? She said.
“Government will not come into your home to feed your children or pack your children’s lunch to school or remember to dress them decently or wash them. Sometimes you find children on the street who have not had a bath or a shower for a long time and they have parents.”
She said cases of kidnaps are on the climbs spurred by absentee parents. She said instead of taking care of their children, parents point the finger of blame at someone else including her husband’s government.
“There was a picture that showed two little children standing outside their gate waiting for a boda boda to take them to school with no adult. Very, very early in the morning, on their own and then we talk about kidnapping?” she said.
“There are evil people around the world, when you push your own children outside your gate and close the gate and some evil person comes and picks them up, honestly what responsibility is that? Whose responsibility is that? Why can’t parents say; at least let one of us drop these children to school and go to work?”
She said parents opt to take care of their own needs first. Fathers, she said, prefer drinking alcohol while mothers care more about their hair, nails and shopping.