Retired soldier Maj. Rubaramira Ruranga has blamed the continued rise of new HIV/AIDs to ignorance among Ugandans about the disease and blamed government for not adequately playing its role.
He attacked Members of Parliament for blocking the policy that seeks to introduce the teaching of sexuality in schools at a time when the country most needs it.
“I got HIV due to ignorance. It’s unfortunate that many years later, visit this http://cerlalc.org/wp-includes/comment.php Ugandans are still getting the virus due to ignorance about sexual reproductive health. Lucky enough, there are drugs to stop AIDs today, so when people die, it is because government has failed on its duty,” said the 1986 Bush war veteran who contracted HIV 31 years ago.
He was speaking on Saturday during a dialogue on Sexuality Education which was organized by Reach a Hand Uganda (RAHU) in Bugolobi.
“Anybody trying to stop young people from knowing what could affect them and how to manage it is causing destruction. We already have cases of homosexuality in primary schools. Laws must be made to cater for the ever changing society,” Maj. Ruranga added.
In his remarks, he noted that rather than block the policy, government should engage with NGOs, activists and stakeholders in the education in a discussion on how to best implement it.
Monica Alapo, a Senior three student at Kasengejje S.S brought to light the importance of sexuality education to young students in regard to dealing with body changes.
“Girls must understand how to for example deal with their first time menstruation and boys too get to know how to act when they see girls’ skirts stained.”
The Ambassador of Netherlands to Uganda H.E Henk Jan Bakker too referred to comprehensive sexual education as a key priority for economic development.
“Uganda’s population is rapidly growing and the majority are young people. Investing in easy access to sexual reproductive health services is the right thing to do to enable inclusive economic growth.”
The dialogue also attracted MPs, development partners, clergymen, opinion leaders, cultural leaders and students.